Former Atlanta mayor to receive honorary degree

12/6/2013, 10:50 a.m.
Clayton State University is awarding a former Atlanta mayor with an honorary doctorate of public service.
Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin

MORROW, Ga. (AP) - Clayton State University is awarding a former Atlanta mayor with an honorary doctorate of public service.

University spokesman John Shiffert says former Mayor Shirley C. Franklin is being honored at the school’s fall commencement ceremony on Saturday.

Franklin is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a noon ceremony, where officials will present degrees to approximately 245 graduates from the school’s colleges of Arts and Sciences and Information and Mathematical Sciences.

Franklin served two terms as mayor and oversaw several major projects in the urban planning, economic development and infrastructure arenas.

Shiffert says she also led an initiative that gave about 4,000 Atlanta college students internships and financial aid.

Franklin, originally of Philadelphia, served as director of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs in her early days working in Atlanta government.

Local military family gets brand new home

MARIETTA, Ga. - Operation Homefront, in an effort to help those that have served in the militar, is providing a mortgage-free home to former Navy corpsman Deramichelous Daniels and his family. The family was able to view their brand new home on Tuesday December 4. The house is a gift that was provided by Operation Homefront, Home Depot and Wells Fargo. The Daniels family will move into their house on Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information, visit operationhomefront.net.

Original Tuskegee Airman Val Archer remembers veterans

The Historic South-View Preservation Foundation, Inc. will conduct its annual Wreaths Across America ceremony noon Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at South-View Cemetery, 1990 Jonesboro Road, SE, Atlanta, GA 30315.

South-View Cemetery invites everyone to come and honor our heroes on this occasion.

The ceremony will be coordinated simultaneously at over 750 participating locations throughout the world. Wreaths will be laid to pay tribute to each branch of the military as well as to those soldiers who are still prisoners of war or missing in action.

The guest speaker will be Val Archer, a Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen, (DOTA).  Reverend Gregory V. Eason, Sr. of St. Paul AME Church will provide the invocation, and the JROTC from The Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy under the direction of 1st Sgt. Mona Venning will present the flag. 

To sponsor a wreath, or for more information about this event contact the Historic South-View Preservation Foundation, Inc. at 404-622-5393, email info@southviewcemetery.com or write the Historic South-View Preservation Foundation, Inc. 1990 Jonesboro Road, SE, Atlanta, GA  30315.   

For more information about WAA, contact Karen Worcester, Executive Director 1-877- 385-9504 or email karen@wreathsacrossamerica.org.

Metro Atlanta Alpha Phi Alpha Men Celebrate 107 Years of Service

The Metro Atlanta Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will gather 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, at the Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, located at 1879 Glenwood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30316. The event culminates the celebration of the 107th year of the founding of their organization.

This public event is free and open to the public. For more details about the Alpha’s weekend, visit the following link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/alpha-phi-alpha-founders-day-weekend-2013-tickets-9431105691 or www.alphasofatlanta.com.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was founded on December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  Reverend Dr. William E. Flippin is the senior pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church, and a member of this fraternity.