Mayor Kasim ReedOn Saturday, Jan. 29, The Friends School of Atlanta (FSA) will convene a panel discussion on human rights designed to take an honest look at where we as a society stand today regarding diversity and full inclusion in the privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Confirmed panelists include: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; Juanita Abernathy, widow of Ralph David Abernathy; her son Kwame Abernathy; Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, renowned in the field of diversity management; Bill Nigut, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League; Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; and Cathy Woolard, the first woman and first openly gay person to serve as president of Atlanta City Council in 2002.

Rather than just re-tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement, this event is designed to focus on an array of groups advocating for human rights today. Through an intergenerational dialogue that pulls no punches, the panel will take a hard look at where we have been, where we are and where we still need to go to achieve the lofty ideal of Beloved Community.

The panel discussion will be held at the FSA campus at 862 Columbia Drive in Decatur and is open to the public. General admission is $10 per ticket. Premium tickets are $100 each and include invitation to a reception with the esteemed panelists. The invitation-only reception begins at 5:30 pm, and the panel discussion will take place from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

For more information about the event and purchasing tickets, please visit the FSA website at

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.