In an article posted two days ago on Forbes, Atlanta was ranked as the number one city where African-Americans are doing the best economically. This is a positive for Atlanta and the "New South." But it doesn't surprise me because Atlanta has a resilient spirit. We only get burned once. We Rise Again; RESURGENS, remember?
Last year was tainted with racial tension and violence across the United States after a slew of killings of young black men by police. Atlantans of all walks of life protested in news worthy fashion, standing up (and lying down) for those who could no longer speak. Because Atlantans stick together. We're all dirty birds in this together. We say hello to each other on the street.
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"At the top of our list is Atlanta, long hailed as the unofficial capital of black America. The city, which in the 1960s advertised itself as “the city too busy to hate,” has long lured ambitious African-Americans."
That's right- we are the city too busy to hate. And we don't just "lure" successful African-Americans. We produce them as well.
Let's not forget that Atlanta's first black millionaire was born a slave. Rise Up!
Atlantans are going places and we'd have it no other way. This city has seen tremendous change in the past twenty years, and will continue to grow exponentially in the next twenty.
In a 1993 NY Times article, we didn't even have a clear image or slogan for our city for the upcoming Olympics:
Atlanta Journal; Atlanta: The City Without a Slogan By PETER APPLEBOME, Published: October 6, 1993
"Indeed, age and circumstance do provide image problems for Atlanta. Not founded until 1842, Atlanta made its biggest historical mark when General Sherman set a torch to it 22 years later."
Well now we have our slogan, a vision, and a revitalizing city including the addition of Mercedes and Porsche's North American headquarters, which will bring many new jobs.
Atlanta is number one for many reasons, the main one being that we take care of our own. Just take a look at Atl's city website if you don't believe me. The articles on the sidebar read:
The family that kicks together sticks together. And we're going places Atlanta.
Let's make 2015 one for the record books.
BWT Clothing Co-Founder and Atlanta Native
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