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MLK MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION TO HOST MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON AS PART OF MLK WEEKEND COMMEMORATION

(ATLANTA – October 6th, 2017) – Dust off your bikes and bones—there’s a new race in Martintown; one that has a social good cause at its core.   The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Merchants Association (MLKJDMA) announces today that it will hold its inaugural MLK Race for the Dream on Sunday, January 14, 2018.  The events will include a marathon, half-marathon, bike tour, a weekend Mixer as well as a health and fitness expo. 

The events will begin and end on MLK Jr. Drive and Whitehouse Drive, at Booker T. Washington High School, which was attended by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, GA.   The Health & Fitness Expo will feature the latest athletic gear and equipment as well as health and fitness experts.  Registration will be open as of August 1, 2017.

“The races and bike tour are just one of many initiatives that we are launching in the community to benefit the MLK Dr. Corridor,” says Terry Collier, President of the MLKJDMA.  “Our mission is to improve and increase economic impact in the district.  Over time we have lost historic businesses.  We are working in conjunction with the Mayor’s office as well as city and state officials to launch initiatives that will preserve established businesses as well as attract new businesses to the district for the next generation.  We have a three-phased plan to upgrade the corridor and bringing a weekend of events to our community will highlight not only the advances that have been made, but also strategies for the future.”

Nationally, there is a movement to improve conditions along MLK corridors in US cities.  The MLKJDMA plans to pilot this program in Atlanta and then expand it nationally, with the next targeted city being St. Louis.  Several major metropolitan cities with MLK districts have expressed interest in bringing the competitions to their areas, not only for the economic impact, but also to educate their communities around health and fitness. 

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Black Lives Matter Group Interrupts Hillary Clinton As She Speaks At CAU

(SL) – The Hillary Clinton for African Americans Event went down on Friday in Atlanta and of course Sytonnia LIVE was on location at CAU’s Epps Gymnasium which was full of Clinton supporters and non-supporters.

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Some of Atlanta’s most influential people took part in the rally. Mayor Kaseem Reed, Congressman John Lewis, Atlanta Hawks Owner Grant Hill and many more. But what started out as a peaceful gathering quickly turned into chaos.

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Grant Hill speaks on behalf of Hillary Clinton who was his mother’s roommate in college. (Photo Credit: Terrence Carter)

As Hillary As Hillary referenced our civil rights leaders and following their methods for change…the interruption came from the back.

Hillary stood firm as they got louder A few men moved in to try and encourage the group to leave quietly.

At first, the former secretary of state acknowledged them: “Yes they do and I’m gonna talk a lot about that in a minute,” she said.

She then tried ignoring the protesters, shouting her remarks over the chants.

“I have some issues to discuss and proposals to make if our friends will allow me to do it. They may actually find them to their liking,” Clinton said, while continuing to speak over the disruption, one of the loudest she had faced on the campaign trail.

At this point, mind you, they are standing in front of the mayor, Congressman Lewis, Usher etc. The Mayor looked to be in disbelief.

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His wife remained in her seat. Congressman Lewis tried to get the group to leave.

The crowd eventually started chanting..let her talk and Hil-la-ry. It was so bad the Mayor and Congressman Lewis went back on stage and stood firmly behind Hillary.

The secret service formed a strategic circle around the platform. Finally, the group was escorted out.

Once the chaos cleared, Hillary said and I quote….”I would like to thank Mayor Reed and Congressman John Lewis for having my back!” Lol I chuckled a little.