Emmett Miller was at a campaign fish fry last year when he learned he had an opponent in his race for an open seat on the Baker County board of commissioners. He was surprised but not alarmed, even though his opponent was white.
“I just knew I had it,” said Miller, 62, an affable but shy former factory worker. He figured that even if, back in the 1960s, he was too young to join voting rights protests with his sister, he could still do his part by helping his neighbors get paved roads and better drainage. “All the time I figured I was going to win,” he said, “because I had more blacks than he had whites.”
He was wrong. Miller, who is black, lost the race, despite winning his own, largely black, precinct by a wide margin. Even though nearly half the county is black, it is governed by an all-white commission.
However, if Baker County’s five commissioners were elected from districts rather than by a countywide vote — the way local governments are elected in 52 of Georgia’s 159 counties — Miller would likely have won.
The same story, with various local permutations, is repeated all across Georgia. After almost a half century of battles targeting at-large elections as a violation of the Voting Rights Act, African-Americans remain under-represented in local governments across the state, an exclusive analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed. At-large voting and black under-representation still go hand-in-hand, leaving some local governments, which decide matters of great importance for day-to-day living, without any black representation.
Twitter announced Thursday that it has named Marjorie Scardino, former chief executive of Pearson, to its board of directors.
The appointment is effective immediately. Scardino will serve on the company’s audit committee; her term expires at the 2014 annual meeting of stockholders, according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She is Twitter’s first female board member.
Marjorie Scardino was previously the editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Georgia Gazette and is currently a member of the Carter Center’s board.
Jet-set art collectors may sneer at the sun-baked Florida city, but they could not be more wrong. Miami is full of cultural riches, argues Jason Farago.
A study reveals South Carolinians are among the most courteous people in the nation, and Ohioans among the least
The study did not check to see if the phrase “Bless your heart,” understood in its true meaning when used by SC residents, might negate the Palmetto State’s ranking.
Marchex Inc. published the results awhile ago, in May during National Etiquette Week, but the study began attracting notice this week. Marchex specializes in mobile ad technology and conducted the study by examining 600,000 phone calls made to businesses and recorded over a 12-month period. They looked for curse words and polite phrases such as “please” and “thank you”. …
States most likely to use polite words were South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia. Callers more likely to leave out polite terms came from Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Indiana, Tennessee and, claiming the dubious distinction of having both rude and profane callers, Ohio.
Our good friend, the late Ron Taylor, was a stalwart of Like the Dew until his death. He covered Nelson Mandela’s visit to Atlanta in 1990.
My memories take me back to when I was a child in India, to class IV current events class, where I first learned about the cruelty and viciousness of apartheid. And then to my days at Florida State University, where I protested apartheid and urged divestment. The demonstrations over investments in South Africa matured me in so many ways. To February 11, 1990, when Mandela was released from prison. I could not take my eyes away from CNN, tears streaming down my face. It was as all the world had been freed. To the day in 2010 when I finally visited South Africa. Soweto and Robben Island were my two top destinations.
I stood in Mandela’s cell. Tried to imagine…
What a tower of a man he was. His name was synonymous with words that describe the very best of mankind. Courage. Virtue. Goodness. Strength. Love. Dedication. Honesty. Conviction. Fortitude. Brilliance. Soulful.
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I was there, I’m happy to say.
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