Cheers!” is an Atlanta Voice feature highlighting the everyday accomplishments of everyday people—things like special honors, awards, job announcements, graduations, promotions and other individual ac

Compiled by Kalin Thomas Staff Writer | 6/21/2013, 1:29 p.m.
Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University, has been appointed to serve a second term as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by the Library of Congress.

Trethewey’s second term will begin in September, when she will undertake a signature project: a regular feature on the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series with on-location reports in various cities across the United States.


Nikema Williams

Nikema Williams, former National Committeewoman for Young Democrats of Georgia and current member of Young Democrats of Atlanta, is the new interim chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Williams will serve until a new chair is elected this summer.

She will resume her role as first vice-chair after presiding over the election of a new chair.

India Pullin received the “Community Champion Award” during the 4th annual DeKalb County CEO’s Community Hero Awards.

Pullin won for her extensive community outreach efforts as former president of the DeKalb Neighborhood Leadership Alumni Association; and through her organization, Step Up In Georgia Inc.

Other awardees included: Cynthia Houston of Adopt-a-Road and Adopt-a-MARTA Bus Stop; DeKalb County Chief Magistrate, The Honorable Berryl Anderson and The Beulah Boys All-Male Soul Line Dancers.

Darren Dowdell and Kivon Taylor of Grady High School are co-winners of the Anthony Flanagan Player of the Year Award given by Charles Lawrence Realty.


India Pullin

The award is given annually to the most valuable football player in the Atlanta Public School System.

Dowdell will attend East Carolina University, and Taylor will attend the University of Connecticut in the fall.

Anthony Flanagan was a community activist and all-around athlete who was quarterback of an all-black football team that won the only AA Georgia football state championship in the Atlanta Public School System in the 1970s.