Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

January was National Human Trafficking Awareness month.  I was fortunate to be invited to a panel discussion through Ellevate, a professional women’s networking group, that helped to shed much needed light on this issue.  The fact that hit home the most for this writer was that of geographical rankings for human trafficking, the city of Atlanta was in the top 14.

In 2012 the International Labour Organization estimated 20.9 million victims worldwide, and 26% of them children.  In 2013 at Trafficking In Persons Report it was up to 27 million.

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Get Out & Celebrate CULTURE!

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.  – The History Channel

There are a lot of ways to celebrate Black History Month.  Eating foods that reflect either African American or simply African cultures (like Ethiopian, mmmm, check out Desta on the north end of Briarcliff), purchasing your newest Dashiki (I wish I could pull that look off, it really does look like the most comfortable outfit ever), or reading books on or by influential African-American leaders. But in Atlanta in particular, there is also a lot to DO!

We urge you to get out there Atlanta!  Mix it up, attend a lecture, participate in a march, visit a church, meet new people and celebrate as a community the differences between us that we need to revel in and embrace to become a better human race.

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Shop Local for Black History Month

It’s February!  And for Atlantans that means several things: bracing for that last cold snap we know is going to happen at any minute (Or maybe not, who knows?  Certainly not that oversized rodent who acts as the witch doctor of weather predictions.), Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, and this year Leap Day.  But covering every day this month is Black History Month.

I loved this month in school.  I loved learning about a new influential person each day who overcame odds to make a difference for their community and brethren.  Which leads me to wanting to make a difference in my community.

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