Thursday May 21st
6:30PM - 7:30PM
The 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ahmaud Arbery. During this challenging time, we are reminded of the difficulty of public grieving and extend prayers of peace.
As we watched, alongside the nation, the video of the tragic killing of Mr. Arbery on February 23, 2020, we were stunned speechless and deeply saddened to be reminded of the history of violence against African American men in our nation. Upon learning that investigators viewed the same video, yet saw no cause for arresting the two perpetrators, we were devastated that our criminal justice system failed to protect Mr. Arbery and deliver justice to his family and the surrounding community. Following this initial failure to respond by law enforcement in the Brunswick community, we were guided by the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Over these past few weeks, we have been encouraged by the swift action of Governor Brian Kemp in calling for an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau’s decision to charge and arrest the perpetrators within two days of being assigned the matter. We also applaud the community’s visible show of support of the family and organized call for justice through peaceful demonstrations. The first steps toward justice have been taken. The 100 Black Men of Atlanta shall assist our brothers and sisters in Georgia’s Golden Isles in whatever manner we can to ensure the delivery of justice. We call for and support a full review of all involved in the preliminary investigation from the day that the shooting occurred on February 23rd until the arrests were finally made on May 7, 2020, including all District Attorneys that handled the matter as well as the police departments involved in the investigation. It is our position that all who impeded the timely delivery of justice to the Arbery family must be held accountable.
We, along with the Emerging 100 of Atlanta, are working to illuminate the issues and educate the community on this tragic incident by providing a robust panel discussion driven by factual information known to date. Our first event will occur on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom, when we host a community discussion entitled “Justice After Tragedy: What Happened? What Next?” This discussion will include former DeKalb District Attorney Robert James, State Representative William Boddie, NAACP State President James Woodall, ACLU of Georgia Political Director Chris Bruce and Civil Rights Attorney and Activist Mawuli Davis of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm. This thorough and in-depth discussion will focus on the criminal justice system, community organizing, collective action, and legislative opportunities and outcomes that should be pursued to minimize the likelihood of another tragic occurrence like this one. To join us for this important community discussion, please visit our Facebook page or the Instagram profile of Emerging 100 of Atlanta for more information. You can also RSVP at linktr.ee/emerging100atl.
For additional information about 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., please visit www.the100atl.org.