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Ga. First Lady Helps Distribute Free Books to Kids

Edited by Titus Falodun | 5/9/2014, 10:48 a.m.
Dunbar Elementary School Principal Karen Brown-Collier (second from left) and Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal (center) are pictured with Dunbar Elementary teachers and Books for Keeps Executive Director Leslie Hale (second from right), as second grade students show off their new books. Photo by Kimberly Willis Green/APS.

ATLANTA – Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal greeted students at Atlanta Public Schools’ Dunbar Elementary, as Athens-based Books for Keeps distributed 12 free books to each student on Wednesday, April 30, in order to encourage summer reading at home. Dunbar Elementary was selected as the Atlanta location for Books for Keeps, in partnership with APS and the Annie E. Casey Foundation Civic Site in Atlanta. Books for Keeps invited students to go to the school gym by grade level to select books. Students also had about 30 minutes to browse his or her new books before carrying them home in a tote bag provided by the organization.

City of Atlanta Celebrates ‘Older Atlantans Month’

ATLANTA – In honor of Older Atlantans Month, the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events kicked off a month-long celebration to pay tribute to the contributions of seniors in the City of Atlanta. City of Atlanta officials were also joined by AARP Georgia to announce Atlanta’s designation as an Age-Friendly Community. The initiative is affiliated with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Program®, an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization. Atlanta has celebrated Older Atlantans Month since 1977.

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Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian

Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian to GPT Commencement Address

ATLANTA – Civil rights legend and 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom award recipient, Rev/ Dr. C.T. Vivian, will give Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s Spring Commencement Ceremony address 10 a.m., Saturday, May 31 at The House of Hope Atlanta (4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034). GPTC’s Spring Commencement is open to the public. All are welcomed to attend to hear the inspirational words of a Civil Rights Living Legend, the Reverend Dr. C.T. Vivian.

The Honorable Elridge W. McMillan to speak at AMSC’s Commencement

ATLANTA – The Honorable Elridge W. McMillan, will deliver the commencement address at Atlanta Metropolitan State College’s commencement ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Friday, May 9, in the Physical Education Complex. Elridge W. McMillan is nationally recognized in the fields of higher education policy, research, governance, curriculum development, access and equity. McMillan received his bachelor’s degree in English from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University),

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“Play, Jankanu Play: the Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual in Belize”

Central Library Hosts 7th Annual Caribbean Film Festival

ATLANTA - June is Caribbean American Heritage Month, and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is hosting its annual film series and events for all ages at the downtown Central Library. The seventh annual Caribbean Film Festival kicks off with a 4 p.m. meet-and-greet reception on Tuesday, June 3. All are invited to meet representatives from various Caribbean countries and organizations and to get information about the month’s festivities. The film festival begins 1 p.m. Saturday, June 7 with “Play, Jankanu Play: the Garifuna Wanaragua Ritual in Belize” and “The Boys of Summer.” Both films are from Curacao. All events are free and open to the public. The Central Library is located at One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303. For more information, visit www.afpls.org or call 404-730-1904.