M. Alexis Scott
M. Alexis Scott is publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a newspaper founded by her grandfather in 1928. She has responsibility for the overall editorial content and general management of the paper, which targets the African American community in metro Atlanta. In 1932, the Atlanta Daily World, founded by W.A. Scott, II, became the nation’s first black-owned daily newspaper in the 20th century. The paper publishes once a week now, can be accessed daily over the Internet at www.atlantadailyworld.com. The newspaper became a part of the Real Times Media family in March 2012, joining five other historic African American newspapers including the Chicago Defender, the Michigan Chronicle, The Michigan FrontPage, the New Pittsburgh Courier, and the Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tenn. Ms.
Scott joined the Atlanta Daily World in 1997, following a 22-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Enterprises, Inc., where she worked her way up from reporter to vice president/community affairs at the Journal-Constitution and then director of diversity at Cox. In addition to her duties as publisher of the newspaper, Ms. Scott is a regularly featured commentator on “The Georgia Gang,” a week-in-review program on politics broadcast on FOX 5 in Atlanta. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Life Financial Group Ms. Scott is active in nonprofit organizations. She is a member of the boards of the High Museum of Art, the Historic South View Cemetery Preservation Foundation; the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the board of the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta. She serves on the Global Advisory Board of the Center for Civil & Human Rights and the President’s Council of the Atlanta History Center.
Ms. Scott has received many awards and honors, including the inaugural Keystone Leadership Award from Build, Grow and Enjoy Radio in 2012; being inducted along with the rest of The Scott Family into the inaugural class of the Hall of Fame of the Atlanta Press Club in 2011; the 2011 Trailblazer Award from the Atlanta Hawks; 2010 Journalist of the Year Award from the Atlanta Regional Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; the 2010 Generational Torch Award from the Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce; 2009 Community Leader Award from the Alliance for Christian Media and the 2009 Pioneer Award from the Black Women Film Preservation Project. She was inducted into the 2007 Business Hall of Fame of the Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She also received a 2007 Trailblazer Award In Honor of Coretta Scott King from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
A native of Atlanta, Ms. Scott is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, and attended Barnard College in New York City and Spelman College in Atlanta. She also attended the Columbia University School of Journalism as a summer participant in the 1974 Michelle Clark Fellowship Program. She is a 1992 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute and a 1991 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. She has an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Argosy University. She has two sons. She and her family are members of First Congregational Church, U.C.C., where Ms Scott served as presiding officer from 1982-1992, was a member of the Sunday School staff for nearly 30 years and serves on the Board of Missions.
As we prepare to celebrate another Christmas holiday with family and friends, we are reminded to count our blessings in spite of the many challenges that we face, personally and as a community.
I had an opportunity to walk and talk with Andy Young this week as we toured the models for the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights that is scheduled to open in 2014.
He told me about one of his recent sermons taken from one of Paul's letters to the early church. He called it the "bad toenail" sermon. Young said that everything can be okay or even good, but if you have a bad toenail, that's what gets all your attention. I was telling him that I loved his newest documentary on the Jimmy Carter presidency, because it felt like such a love letter.
He told me that was his intent. "I like to focus on the positive," Young said. "Me, too," I replied.
So, that's my Christmas wish for everyone. Let's focus on the good. There's enough bad stuff going on in the world that we have to report and know about. But, I like to keep the focus of the ADW on the positive and uplifting things that are going on in our community.
As we come to the end of the year, feeling the sorrow from the shooting of little children in Newtown, Connecticut, let's feel inspired by the heroes and sheroes from that horrific attack. And let's be determined to do what we can to make things better. Let's do more to regulate guns. Let's provide more help for people suffering from mental illness. Let's work together regardless of political affiliation.
It almost feels like we are about to experience change we can believe in. I think President Barack Obama's re-election is finally setting in and we are getting our faith back to believe that yes, we can make a difference. We can make better public policy that helps more people and saves more lives.
Especially at this time of year, we have another opportunity to be reminded that we have a true role model to follow on how to lead a good life. We celebrate the birth of the son of God, who came into the world, not to condemn it, but to save it. Hallelujah!
M. Alexis Scott is publisher of the Atlanta Daily World.
"Mother" Mary Hughes has begun the countdown to her 100th birthday celebration.
Mother Hughes celebrated her 99th birthday on Dec. 9 (her actual birthday is Dec. 8) at a gathering of friends and family at Frank Ski's restaurant. The celebration was put together by her son Herbert J. Bridgewater, writer of the former Social Swirl column for the Atlanta Daily World. Bridgewater, well known around town for his charitable and community volunteer efforts, said this party was the kick-off for the big 100th birthday celebration.
As she has for the last 74 years, Mother Hughes is donating boxes of clothing to charity -- one box for each year she has been on earth.
Bridgewater recalled her early years for those gathered, including Clayton Commission Chair Eldrin Bell, Fulton School Board member Catherine Maddox, East Point Fire Chief Rosemary Cloud, TV and real life Judge Glenda Hatchett and radio personality Frank Ski.
She was born Dec. 8, 1913 in Maxie, GA, in Oglethorpe County and both her parents died before she was a year old. She was taken in by the white family that her mother worked for, but ran away from the abusive family at 11 years old. She ended up in Atlanta and attended Booker T. Washington High School.
She went on to become a registered nurse, worked for the late Grace Towns Hamilton – the first woman to head the Atlanta Urban League and the first black woman to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly. From there her love of the Atlanta community continued and in 2005 at the age of 91, she became the oldest person to graduate from the Interdenominational Theological Center with a certificate in Theology.
Known as a very good cook, her friends conspired with Bridgewater to gather her handwritten recipes and produce "Heartwarming Recipes from Mother Hughes' Kitchen." The book was presented at the party and will be made available shortly. All proceeds from sales of the book will go toward a scholarship fund.
Judge Hatchett read a letter of congratulations from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Frank Ski's family came by for hugs and kisses.
Bridgewater announced that Judge Hatchett, Frank Ski, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and Congressman John Lewis will be honorary chairs for the 100th birthday celebration that will be a big gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
I was privileged to be among the guests for this year's celebration of a life well lived. I look forward to being with Mother Hughes to celebrate 100.
M. Alexis Scott is publisher of Atlanta Daily World.
The spirit of giving epitomizes this season from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Dec. 6 is St. Nicolas Day, celebrating the 4th century saint who was the pre-cursor to Santa Claus. The legend goes that Nicholas went around giving gifts overnight as people slept with no indication of where the gifts came from.
In addition, Dec. 6 has been designated "Georgia Gives Day," an opportunity to take advantage of the new technology to support the work of nonprofit organizations in our community. Paste this link (https://www.gagivesday.org/c/GGD/p/AboutUs/) into your web browser and you will find that Georgia Gives is a collaboration of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) in partnership with participating nonprofits, state agencies, corporations and businesses, associations, foundations and public relations and advertising firms. Through the use of social media, the effort enables participants to generate online donations from their supporters.
"Now, we are creating an opportunity for everyone, in every corner of the state, to support the causes that make Georgia great," declares the Georgia Gives website. ... "It's about everyone pulling together to support the organizations and causes right in our own backyards and across the state that have been a part of our lives since day one."
The GCN is a 20-year-old organization that includes some 1,200 organizations, and serves as a cornerstone of support for the Georgia nonprofit and philanthropic community by delivering a wide range of services and support.
Some of the organizations that participate are very familiar to most of us. They include the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Girl Scouts, Red Cross, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Good Will, and Families First.
So it is on this day -- Dec. 6 -- that ADW celebrates the spirit of giving with our annual philanthropy issue. We take a look at some of the very good work, and the people doing it, that is going on within the community. Enjoy our look at Lovette Russell, who was named Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Philanthropy Executives. In addition to raising a lot of money, she has given a lot of time. She is the perfect poster child for philanthropy by giving her "time, talent and treasure" to make our community better and stronger in every way.
We are delighted to shine this spotlight on the spirit of giving in Atlanta. Happy Holidays to you and yours as you share in this season of love.
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M. Alexis Scott is publisher of Atlanta Daily World.