City Council Praises Buckhead Coalition

Ceasar Mitchell, as President of the Atlanta City Council has presented to Sam Massell, as President of the Buckhead Coalition, a Resolution commending the Coalition for civic services, particularly its Atlanta Police Department “Trauma Kit” Program. The Certificate reads in part that the Council appreciates and applauds “all the work the leaders of this organization do in our community for the citizens of Atlanta.”

The “Trauma Kit” Program is one of the Coalition’s more recent initiatives, which was started as a pilot idea with 30 Kits, to which was added 30 each from Midtown Alliance and Central Atlanta Progress, after which contributions were invited from the general public. The Kits are for frontline officers in APD, to save lives from the loss of blood in the line of duty. The Kits cost only $50 each, and units can be bought in singles up to hundreds, on which donors will be identified.

Massell pointed out that the goal is to provide approximately 1,000, of which the original 30 has now grown to 645, “so we are pleased we are over half-way there,” he acknowledged. Those wanting to contribute can do so through the Coalition by contacting Garth Peters at 404-233-2228, or send their donation directly to the State Bank & Trust Co. “Trauma Kit Account” at 3399 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1900, 30326.

THE BUCKHEAD COALITION is an influential nonprofit civic association, much like a chamber of commerce, for this affluent northern quadrant of the city of Atlanta. Its membership is limited to 100 CEOs of major area firms, by invitation. Its mission is to “nurture the quality of life and help coördinate an orderly growth” within its 28 square miles, with a population of over 82,000. It was formed in 1988. Its founding President is Sam Massell, a former Mayor of Atlanta. Its Chairman (changed every two years) is Jeffrey C. Sprecher, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Intercontinental Exchange.

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Lawrence University Honoring Congressman At Commencement

APPLETON, WIS.—In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the country's historic Voting Rights Act, Lawrence University will honor a civil rights pioneer who was one of the catalysts for the passage of that legislation.

Georgia Congressman John Lewis, an iconic figure in civil rights activism, will be awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees June 14 at the college's 165th commencement. He also will deliver the principal commencement address.

Lewis has represented Georgia's Fifth Congressional District since 1986. He has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement for more than 50 years.

He helped organize, and spoke at, the historic 1963 March on Washington, in which Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. Lewis is the lone surviving member among the speakers at that event.

Lewis also participated in the 1965 march from Selma, Ala., to the capital in Montgomery, that became known as "Bloody Sunday" after state troopers attacked marchers on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, galvanizing the country and hastening the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year.

Lewis will join a delegation of more than 90 members of Congress who will visit Alabama this weekend (March 6-8) for ceremonies commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march.

This will be Lewis' third appearance at Lawrence. He first visited in April 1964 as Head Field Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee for a campus civil rights week event and returned again in February, 2005 to deliver the university convocation "Get in the Way."

Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 and the book "Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College." Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

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