Jeffri Chadiha joins Georgia natives Kenyan Drake of the Dolphins and Dalvin Tomlinson of the Giants to tell the story of the first African American police officers in Atlanta’s history – and the artistic efforts to celebrate the memory of these civil rights pioneers.

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  1. There was a white police officer in Atlanta known as "Itchy Trigger Finger " Nash who shot and killed over a dozen black males in Atlanta during the late 1940's, who's obscurity is very perplexing when considering that Nash was also a known Klansman.

  2. Why not begin a renovation project in restoring the police station back to it original beauty into a active police station it take millions of dollars to do it but it can be done in honor of the first black police officers that served there.

  3. The history at 1:43 is not completely accurate. It wasn't the "clergy" that came together and guaranteed the 20,000 votes for the first African-American police officers to patrol black neighborhoods. It was simply one man that guaranteed those votes and his name was John Wesley Dobbs. A majority of those votes (if not all) came from the members of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Georgia Free and Accepted Masons (MWPHGL of Georgia F & AM). John W. Dobbs was known as the "unofficial Mayor of Auburn Avenue." John W. Dobbs was not only a political activist, but was also the Grand Master of the Prince Hall masons in Georgia.

  4. It is impressive how civil courage, personal commitment and fairness of the lawmakers allowed to build the new US of A. Apart from changing the external conditions it also took a long way to change the inner landscape of people, i.e. to convert the mindset from an oppressed community (that subconsciously was made to believe that they were second class citizens) into normal participants of everyday life (that are aware of their rights and that are proud of what they are). On the other hand social barriers, hidden racism and a limited access to quality education still plague the US Afro American community. This is twice important as a talented person without good education, intellectual stimulation and promotion of self esteem still is stupid in every way (and thus reconfirms the racist stereotype). The 'ghetto' therefore is a double trap, it destroys talent and creates brutes. The challenge now is to truly transform equal rights into equal opportunities. And that can only happen by spending money for education instead of prisons.

  5. Based on narratives, Atlanta has been the most racially harmonious of Southern cities which are inhabited by 100k or more black residents over the years. Yet those narratives will seem very much mythical to anybody who's viewed dissimilarity indexes. Based on those figures, Atlanta has been the most racially segregated of Southern cities inhabited by 100k or more black residents over the years, which somewhat dispel another narrative of Birmingham as the most racially segregated of such places in the South over the years.

  6. As a Mexican American , all the people of color where tuff. Us youngster complain to much . My respect to these hard tuff brave hard working and keep pushing no matter what the odds are. Respect to these honorble police officers! For us in society we should learn from these real Men!

  7. They held the Super Bowl in Atlanta, which is seen as the "Black Mecca" meanwhile black people in Atlanta remain clueless, that, after dropping the Confederate battle flag, Georgia adopted the first national flag of the Confederacy as it's state flag in 2003.

  8. The story of Klansman " Itchy Trigger Finger" Nash, who killed over a dozen black people in Atlanta on his day shift as an Atlanta patrolman during the late 1940's is largely unknown. Makes you wonder about how many other racist atrocities were committed and then erased by the city's white leaders of the 1950's who began to perpetuate the myth that Atlanta's race relations were exceptional among Southern cities..