“Atlanta influences every thing.”
OutKast, Usher, and André 3000 have formed the music business, making Atlanta the birthplace of hip hop.
The metropolis has turn into the epicenter of the movie business, internet hosting fan favorites like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, The Hunger Games, and almost each Marvel superhero.
Since the torch was lit up in 1996 for the Olympic Games, Atlanta has stood as the game mecca of the Southeast. That “Celebration of the Century” fueled Atlanta’s desires and made it a consequence of its personal hospitality, internet hosting multinational organizations from The Home Depot to Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines to Mercedes-Benz USA, offering jobs not only for town however for the world.
Atlanta, for the reason that ’90s, has at all times been forward-looking.
It could not have been some other approach. Just as in 1963, Dr. King made the nationwide speech, 30 years later, his phrases echoed within the metropolis of his beginning. As Atlanta opened its doorways to the world, Dr. King’s speech impressed us to “Reach Higher”.
2024 MLK Day
Now, quick ahead to final week, the annual MLK Sunday Supper hosted by Hands on Atlanta, gave Inclusivv the chance to create a dialog that will discover how we gasoline the fireplace inside to construct the beloved group.
Nonprofit, civic, and social leaders in Atlanta, got here collectively to have interaction in significant dialogue and discover how the established order impacts their lives (for higher or worse). We named it “Challenging the Status Quo ” as a result of, hey, why not make it daring?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was no fan of sitting on the sidelines. In his e-book “Where Do We Go From Here?”, he warns towards the peril of complacency. He mentions that “our survival will depend on our capability to remain awake, to regulate to new concepts, to stay vigilant and to face the problem of change.” The actions we take now will outline us for a lot of centuries.
And Inclusivv and Hands On Atlanta are not any strangers to getting extra folks to come back alive, with a fireplace of their hearts. (It all began with a dream – and we’re nonetheless doing the work collectively seven years later!)
So, we introduced lots of of people that name Atlanta house collectively to have dinner and trustworthy dialog. These had been discussions that demanded vulnerability and reflection, pushing boundaries to examine a extra simply and equitable future for Atlanta. The conversations went there, asking us: What lights up? What injustices make us offended? And how can we construct a extra equitable group for all?
During the occasion, Jay Bailey delivered a robust speech, emphasizing the necessity to plant seeds that can develop into the timber future generations will use as shade. His name to motion lit a fireplace inside everybody…as a result of whereas “Atlanta influences every thing”, it nonetheless has neighborhoods with 0% literacy charges. It nonetheless has the highest income inequality than some other metropolis within the United States. It nonetheless is likely one of the most stressed cities within the nation.
Atlanta has to do higher.
But, Atlanta will at all times present up.
Cheryl Preheim, Atlanta’s favourite information anchor from 11Alive, Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon, founding father of The Village Market, Bem Joiner, co-founder of Atlanta Influences Everything, Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta and Jay Bailey, President and CEO at H.J. Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs, all got here to supper due to their dedication to serving Atlanta and difficult people to do extra.
As a metropolis with a wealthy historical past, we should come collectively, have interaction in troublesome conversations, and deal with systemic points that persist. Leaders in Atlanta can cleared the path by:
- Challenging norms that perpetuate inequality
- Prioritizing schooling and consciousness of biases and inequities
- Creating area for open dialogue that encourages various views
- Advocating for insurance policies that dismantle systemic limitations
- Investing in community-driven initiatives and supporting organizations like Inclusivv and Hands on Atlanta
As we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., allow us to do not forget that significant conversations and intentional actions are the constructing blocks of optimistic change. Together, we are able to problem the established order, be good troublemakers (shoutout to John Lewis!), and create a extra simply and inclusive future for all.
Host your individual brave dialog
To our Atlanta of us and past, we invite you to host your own Challenging the Status Quo dialog. What we’d like is extra individuals who have come alive, with a fireplace of their hearts. We don’t have sufficient folks with fires lit, and in consequence, we’re not seeing sufficient progress throughout the problems that matter. And the silence round vital points merely helps the established order.
It’s going to take just a little braveness, just a little humility, and an openness to hear and be taught from one another. But the one approach to make sure this second turns right into a motion is to stay engaged and considerate in regards to the insurance policies and practices that want to vary to achieve actual fairness.
And for these in management positions inside organizations who’re in search of steerage on methods to lead these brave conversations inside your office or inside your group, we’d love to listen to from you. We have years of expertise in launching group conversations and our content material library has over 50+ subjects starting from unconscious bias, to psychological security, inclusive tradition and extra. Send us an e mail at [email protected] to be taught extra or book time with us here.