Atlanta Public Schools Have Long History Of Famous Graduates

first_imgMartin Luther King Jr., Margaret Mitchell, Johnny Isakson, Jasmine Guy. They all have something in common, a common connection. Can you guess what it is?They all graduated from the Atlanta Public Schools system. And they’re not alone. Atlanta Public Schools has turned out many students who have gone on to do great things, changing the world in some way, climbing to the top of their fields in sports, music, politics and business.Here are just some of the many well-known alumni who have called Atlanta home and graduated from the city’s school system.1. Martin Luther King Jr.A civil rights pioneer and Nobel Peace Prize winner, King is an alumnus of Booker T. Washington High School.2. Lena HorneA popular actress, singer and civil rights activist, Horne’s career spanned 70 years in television, movies and on Broadway. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.3. Evander HolyfieldThe three-time world heavyweight champion is a graduate of Fulton High School.4. Johnny IsaksonU.S. Republican Sen. Isakson has been in office since 2005. He also served in the U.S. House from 1999 until 2005. He is a Dykes High School graduate.5. Gladys KnightThe singer for the R&B group Gladys Knight and the Pips and an actress, Knight graduated from Archer High School.6. Jasmine GuyAn actress known for her work in movies and TV, Guy made a name for herself playing the snobby Whitley Gilbert on the popular sitcom “A Different World,” which ran from 1987 to 1993. She is a graduate of Northside High School, now North Atlanta High School.7. Shanti Das The music industry executive, marketing consultant and author was an executive vice president of urban marketing and artist development at Universal Motown Records. She managed campaigns for artists, including Ashanti, Akon and Erykah Badu. She is a graduate of Benjamin E. Mays High School.8. Cynthia McKinneyA six-term U.S. congresswoman and former state senator, McKinney graduated from Frederick Douglass High School. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.9. David RockerPro football player and Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle from 1991 to 1994, Rocker is a Fulton High School (now South Atlanta High School) graduate.10. Dean RuskFormer U.S. secretary of state from 1961 to 1969 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, Rusk is a graduate of Boys High School.11. Bitsy GrantBryan Morel “Bitsy” Grant Jr., nicknamed “Itsy Bitsy the Giant Killer,” was a professional tennis champion during the 1930s. At just 5 feet, 4 inches, he was the shortest American man to win a tennis championship on the international tennis circuit. He is a graduate of D.T. Howard High School.12. Ceasar Mitchell Current president of the Atlanta City Council, Mitchell is a Benjamin Mays High School graduate.13. Antonio McKay An All-American track and field athlete and Olympian at the 1984 Games, McKay graduated from Roosevelt High School.14. Barbara CookCook is an opera singer who performed at President Harry Truman’s inauguration and for other U.S. presidents, as well, and the Queen of England in 1998. She is a graduate of Girls High School.15. S. Truett Cathy The founder and owner of the Atlanta-based fast food giant Chick-fil-A, Cathy is a graduate of Commercial and Tech High School.16. Charlayne Hunter-GaultJournalist, author and anchor of the “MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour,” she’s a graduate of  Turner High School and is credited as the first black female to integrate the University of Georgia.17. Maynard Holbrook JacksonJackson graduated from DT Howard High School and went on to become the first African-American mayor of Atlanta.18. Margaret MitchellMitchell was an author who penned the iconic novel about the South, “Gone With the Wind,” and graduated from the Tenth Street Elementary School.19. Michael Hollis A Booker T. Washington graduate, he’s the first and only African-American owner of an airline, Air Atlanta.20. Dr. Louis A. SullivanSullivan graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and went on to become the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services under the George W. Bush administration and the president of Morehouse School of Medicine.21. Elmore Spencer IIISpencer played NBA basketball from 1992 to 2001 for teams like the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. He was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated and is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.22. Gwen TorrenceA retired U.S. sprinter and Olympic gold medal winner, Torrence is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School.23. Herman RussellA Howard High School graduate, Russell became a millionaire construction magnate and was a member of 100 Black Men.24. Julian “Nipsey” Russell A popular comedian, singer and dancer, Russell is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. 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LeBron’s hometown Akron celebrates his NBA title with Cavs

first_imgJames’ hometown of Akron is holding a rally to celebrate him winning an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who snapped the city’s 52-year championship drought by beating Golden State in the Finals. Nearly 1 million people packed downtown Cleveland on Wednesday to cheer for James and his teammates, who were mobbed as their procession inched along the crowded streets.James has always had a special connection with Akron, and while the free, community-wide event won’t be as big as Cleveland’s, it will be just as emotional for the three-time champion. The 31-year-old is expected to address the crowd. He has drawn some criticism for using profanity during his remarks on stage during the massive rally in Cleveland.,James’ hometown of Akron is holding a rally to celebrate him winning an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who snapped the city’s 52-year championship drought by beating Golden State in the Finals. Nearly 1 million people packed downtown Cleveland on Wednesday to cheer for James and his teammates, who were mobbed as their procession inched along the crowded streets.James has always had a special connection with Akron, and while the free, community-wide event won’t be as big as Cleveland’s, it will be just as emotional for the three-time champion. The 31-year-old is expected to address the crowd. He has drawn some criticism for using profanity during his remarks on stage during the massive rally in Cleveland. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, center, stands in the back of a Rolls Royce as it makes its way through the crowd lining the parade route in downtown Cleveland, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, celebrating the basketball team’s NBA championship. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — One day after a parade fit for a king, LeBron James is being honored where he first bounced a basketball.last_img read more

Williams stepping down as Vanderbilt athletic director

first_imgDavid Williams II, the first African-American athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, announced Tuesday that he has decided to leave his role overseeing Vanderbilt athletics and as vice chancellor. He will stay on as athletic director and vice chancellor until his replacement is hired, then become a full-time law professor. He also is establishing a new Sports, Law & Society program at Vanderbilt Law School.Williams will leave as the SEC’s second-longest tenured athletic director, behind Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart. Williams said he told Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos last October that he wanted to end his tenure as athletic director on June 30 before being persuaded to stay past that date after turning 70 in January.“I just want them to be able to get somebody that can come in here and keep the ball rolling,” Williams told The Associated Press.In this Jan. 18, 2014 file photo, Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams speaks at a news conference in Nashville, Tenn. Williams announced Sept. 11, 2018, that he will retire once his replacement has been hired. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)Zeppos, chairman of the SEC committee that hired Greg Sankey to replace Mike Slive as commissioner, will oversee the search for Williams’ replacement.“The only challenge will be making sure that the person understands that they’re walking into a great university and they’re kind of following on the footsteps of someone who is really a giant in our history and in college athletics,” Zeppos said.Vanderbilt was criticized heavily for being seen as giving up athletics in 2003 when then-Chancellor Gordon Gee dissolved the department and put athletics under student life. Williams was Vanderbilt’s African-American vice chancellor of student affairs along with being a tenured law professor, general counsel and university secretary. His job overseeing student affairs put him in charge of athletics, which he had worked in while at Ohio State.Williams, who shed a couple of his jobs in taking the athletic director title in July 2012, will leave his job as AD with Vanderbilt having won four national championships combined in baseball (2014), women’s tennis (2015) and women’s bowling (2007, 2018), along with the best football success in nearly a century.He told his family after taking over athletics that Vanderbilt would go to a bowl game. The last bowl berth for the Commodores, whose colors are black and gold, had been in 1982. Vanderbilt now has been to five bowl games under Williams’ tenure, starting in 2008 and most recently in 2016. It marked a huge turnaround for a program that ended the SEC’s longest bowl drought and a 25-year stretch without a winning record.“I remember the disbelief that people had,” Williams said. “But I knew we could do that. And quite honestly, I also knew that the hardest thing of all of this was going to be football because of the size of it and that this is the Southeastern Conference. So I always thought that we could do these things.”Williams hired both James Franklin , now at Penn State, and current coach Derek Mason in football; Vanderbilt has four wins in the past six years over in-state rival Tennessee. He hired Bryce Drew and Stephanie White in 2016 to coach men’s and women’s basketball. He has retained Tim Corbin as baseball coach; Vanderbilt’s streak of 13 straight NCAA Tournament berths is best in the SEC.He also helped oversee upgrades to McGugin Center, home to the football program, along with building an indoor football practice facility that also has a track, upgrades to the baseball field, and offices and renovations at Memorial Gym among others.Williams said his favorite moment as athletic director will be reconciling Vanderbilt with the late Perry Wallace, the first Black basketball player in the SEC. Wallace routinely suffered indignities while playing for the Commodores, both at home and on the road. Vanderbilt retired Wallace’s jersey in 2004, and Williams and his family made the first donation to a new scholarship in Wallace’s name earlier this year.“There’s a lot of proud moments that I will remember and remember, but I think that’s the proudest,” Williams said.There is no set deadline to hire Williams’ replacement. Zeppos said he will consult with coaches, athletes and students. How to improve Vanderbilt Stadium, with the last major renovation at the SEC’s smallest football stadium coming in 1981, will be part of the discussions in hiring a new athletic director.“We’ll get it right,” Zeppos said. “We’ll get it right the Vanderbilt way.”___More AP college football: and NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The man nicknamed the Goldfather for his work guiding Vanderbilt athletics to success not considered possible at the Southeastern Conference’s only private university is stepping down. In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams answers questions in Nashville, Tenn. Williams announced Sept. 11, 2018, that he will retire once his replacement has been hired. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)last_img read more

Official: Miranda returns to Barça as Schalke loan cut short

first_img IN SPORT.ES The defender, who said his goodbyes to Schalke on Tuesday, joined Barça’s academy in 2014 from Real Betis. The Seville born youngster has progressed through La Masia and was involved with the first team in 2018-19.  Upd. at 12:06 Griezmann’s brother takes to social media to hammer Barça boss Setien 01/07/2020 OFICIAL: Miranda regresa al Barcelona CEST He made his debut on Oct. 31, 2018, in a Copa del Rey game against Cultural Leonesa. He was also involved in a Champions League game against Tottenham at Camp Nou that same year.  Barcelona left-back Juan Miranda will not remain at Schalke 04 for the second season of a tw-year loan and will instead return to Camp Nou early, the Catalan club have confirmed.  The left-back could remain as competition for Jordi Alba. Despite the sale of Marc Cucurella to Getafe for 10 million euros, though, Barça still have Junior Firpo for that role. Therefore, Miranda could leave on another loan or could even be sold to help bring in more money.  I would like to show my gratitude and say that I am very proud to have been part of @S04. It has been my first year as a professional, my first year outside of Spain but I have felt at home thanks to all the people who are part of this awesome club.One more miner. ��⚒— Juan Miranda (@JMirandaG19) June 30, 2020 RELATED STORIES Miranda has spent the last season in Germay, where he played 11 Bundesliga games (eight starts, 781 minutes) for Schalke, who finished 12th in the table in a season to forget.  The Coutinho clause that opens new Liverpool window for Barçalast_img read more

Plea for arson action

first_imgBy Rowan Forster A PAKENHAM arson victim has demanded a crackdown on deliberately-lit fires after his truck was added to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson’s Noah Quinn commits to Cranbrook Bucks of BCHL

first_imgThe Cranbrook Bucks, the latest addition to the BC Junior Hockey League family, recently announced the addition of a Nelson Minor Hockey Association graduate to the roster.The Bucks announced that Nelson native Noah Quinn has committed to the team for the 2020-2021 season.“Noah is a tremendous addition for our program at this time and is a young man with an enormous amount of potential,” said Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Donald on the Bucks’ website.“He led his team in goals, assists and points last season as a 16-year-old, and is a player that we believe will be able to produce offense at the BCHL level.”Quinn played last season for Kootenay of the BC Major Midget Hockey League, tallying 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 40 games.The 16-year-old from Nelson also was selected January player of the month honors in the BCMML. “(Noah)will be expected to contribute in all areas of the game for us at a young age, and we look forward to helping him achieve his goals as a hockey player,” Donald added. “Being a product of the Kootenay Midget program is an added bonus, as we know he will find Cranbrook a great place to call home.”The Cranbrook Bucks wish to welcome Noah to the organization and the City of Cranbrook. In October 2019, the Cranbrook Bucks became the league’s 18th team in the BCHL.The Bucks will begin play in the 2020-21 season, playing out of Western Financial Place in Cranbrook. The Western Financial Place is the former home of the Western Hockey League Kootenay Ice.Earlier in 2019, the Ice announced the team was moving to Winnipeg. Ice owners had purchased the team from Edmonton’s Chynoweth family prior to the 2017-18 season. The Chynoweth family had relocated the team to Cranbrook from Edmonton, AB in 1998.last_img read more

Leading International Sports Scientist To Deliver Seminar & Workshop In GMIT

first_img‘Pain to Performance’,GMIT Galway, 30 Sept, 6-9pm ‘Train Smarter andHarder’, Loughgeorge, 1 Oct, 9am-5pm Internationally renowned sports scientist andresearcher, Professor Tim Gabbett, will deliver a seminar and workshop on thetopics ‘Pain to performance’ and ‘Train Smarter and Harder’ in GMIT on 30September and 1 October. The events are being organised by John Duggan,lecturer on the B.Sc. (Hons) Sports and Exercise Science and Dr Lisa Ryan, Headof the GMIT Department of Natural Sciences.The first event will take place in GMIT Galway onMonday, 30 September, 6 to 9pm. Professor Gabbett will discuss the latesttraining methods for athletes experiencing pain or injury, and the processesrequired to return them to peak performance.Lecturer John Duggan explains: “This seminarprovides participants with a unique opportunity for Q&A in an informal settingwhile also gaining exposure to the very latest scientific research on trainingload to minimise injury risk and enhance performance.”The ‘Train Smarter and Harder’ event takes place inthe Galway GAA Centre of Excellence, Loughgeorge, on Tuesday, 1 October, 9am to5pm. This workshop by Professor Gabbett aims to bridge the gap between theoryand practice. Participants will gain hands-on experience monitoring trainingloads, designing session and weekly training plans, and providing trainingprograms to meet the individual needs of athletes and patients.John Duggan adds: “The workshop is presented in asmall group setting, promoting interaction and discussion amongst participants,and allowing ample time for Q&A. Whether you are an experienced practitioneror simply want to gain some practical ideas to implement in your clinic, thisworkshop will help you to build a training program from the ground up.”Dr Lisa Ryan, Head of Dept of Natural Sciences,GMIT, says: “Staff and students within our department regularly use methodsdeveloped by Professor Gabbett in research and practice and we are all lookingforward to what are guaranteed to be interesting sessions with one of theresearch leaders in this field”.Professor Tim Gabbett has 20 years’ experienceworking as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a widerange of sports. He holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed asecond PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football (2011), with specialreference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. He hasworked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles. He continues to workas a sport science and coaching consultant for several high-performance teamsaround the world. Tim has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and haspresented at over 400 national and international conferences. He is committedto performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ tobenefit high performance coaches and athletes.For details on GMIT’s B.Sc. (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, see: and the new M.Sc. in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, see tickets and further information on the 30 Sept seminar, go to: tickets and further information on the 1 Oct seminar, go to WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Kenya on the mend

first_imgNew Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga is the leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, which claimed victory in the country’s disputed 2007 election. (Image: ODM) Raila OdingaKhanyi MagubaneFollowing months of post-election violence in Kenya, a country on the mend is now emerging. On 17 April 2008 opposition leader Raila Odinga was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister. His appointment is part of a power sharing deal brokered at the 11th hour amid fears that talks had reached a deadlock.In his address at the ceremony, Odinga said the cabinet’s top priority would be to resettle those still living in rough conditions because of the post-election violence and paid tribute to the patience of the Kenyan people while the negotiations were conducted.This patience was rewarded on 13 April when President Mwai Kibaki, who won the election in December 2007 under a shroud of controversy, announced that he had finally buried the hatchet with Odinga, his main political rival.The power sharing processThe journey to the power sharing agreement between Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) and Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) hasn’t been easy. At the end of February, the two men signed the National Accord and Reconciliation Act, which called for an equal sharing of power.However, the negotiation process hit a snag when the two parties were unable to reach an agreement on how to share power. The main point of contention was that since his appointment as the country’s president, Kibaki had already appointed half the cabinet from his own party.Odinga insisted that the deal should not just be about an equal number of members from both parties occupying ministerial portfolios – it had to be about an equal share of the important ones too. At issue were the foreign affairs, cabinet affairs, energy, roads and local government portfolios.When it became clear that the PNU would not yield to the ODM demands, Odinga threatened to walk out of the talks. Fortunately an agreement was finally reached during late night talks on Saturday 12 April.On Sunday afternoon, in a state address broadcast on TV throughout the country, President Kibaki told the nation of this successful conclusion following weeks of hard talking.Besides the expected appointment of Odinga as prime minister, he also announced that the post of local government minister would go to Musalia Mudavadi, one of Odinga’s closest allies, who was also given one of the deputy prime minister posts.The foreign affairs portfolio stays within the PNU, as do the roads and energy portfolios. The cabinet affairs portfolio was done away with.Kenya’s largest cabinetThe government now includes 40 ministers and 52 deputy ministers, with posts divided equally among Kenya’s ethnic communities. It is also the largest cabinet that Kenya has had since independence.Although there have been concerns about the large number of salaries which will now have to be paid, government says that although this seems like a high price to pay for balancing the interests of all concerned, it is a small price to pay for peace in the country.The inauguration makes Odinga only the second prime minister in Kenyan history. Founding president Jomo Kenyatta was prime minister for a year before his title was changed.At the ceremony, held at the State House in Nairobi, Muslim, Christian and Hindu religious leaders led a prayer ceremony before Odinga took his oath of office in Swahili. Reading his oath, Odinga said: “I, Raila Amolo Odinga, do swear that I will be faithful to the president of the Republic of Kenya and to serve it with all my heart, and that I shall preserve, protect and defend the constitution of Kenya by law established. So help me God.”Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who acted as a mediator during the protracted process, was among the dignitaries who witnessed the ceremony. Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and other East African leaders also attended the historical event.Related storiesSA sends relief aid to Kenya Useful linksGovernment of Kenya History of KenyaKenya newslast_img read more

The Election On The Web: A Slideshow

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Trends#web This historic U.S. election already fulfilled its promise of change even before the final ballots were cast. Never before had we seen the internet used so heavily in the political campaigning process. From Twitter debates to YouTube videos to Facebook and iPhone applications, the candidates, especially President-Elect Obama, used the tools found online to reach out to the modern-day voter. In addition, news organizations and other sites across the web enhanced the election process by encouraging citizen participation. The impact of these efforts made voting once again feel like a true participatory experience. Yesterday, we provided you with a web toolkit for the election, and as we watched the television news last night, we revisited some of those sites mentioned. In many ways, what we saw online as voting drew to a close was a little bit of history being made, too. Ustreamed speeches, Twitter voter reports, voters recording videos for YouTube, web sites breaking the news before the TV stations did, and so much more. The internet has not only impacted this last election, it has forever changed politics in America. Please enjoy this flickr slideshow of what we saw last night – the election, as seen on the web: sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Analytics Gets an API

first_imgfrederic lardinois Tags:#Google#Product Reviews#web#Web Development Google Analytics, Google’s tool for generating detailed visitor stats for web sites, just launched an API, which will finally allow developers to create desktop and online tools that can use and mash up data from Google Analytics with other data on the Internet. This API will also allow developers to create mobile interfaces for Google Analytics for Android or the iPhone, for example. Developers who are already familiar with other Google APIs should feel right at home with the Google Analytics API, as it uses the same protocol as Google Calendar, Finance, and Webmaster Tools. Google already gave a number of developers a preview of the API and you can see the fruits of their labor here. These tools, for example, include integration with content management systems and other analytics suites. One easy to install example for an app that uses the Google Analytics API is Polaris, an Adobe AIR widget from Desktop Reporting that displays basic information about your site.Of course, Google Analytics, even with this API, does not give you real-time information about the traffic on your site. For that, you will still have to resort to other tools like Woopra, which uses a desktop application as it default interface, and which also offers an API. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more