The DeKalb History Center’s June Lunch and Learn will be presented by Dr. Maurice J. Hobson who will discuss politics and class in the making of modern Atlanta.
America’s Black Mecca: It’s Complicated
Atlanta has been associated with black excellence and achievements in politics, business, and education earning it the nickname “the Black Mecca” Maurice Hobson complicates the Black Mecca trope by cultivating counter histories from Atlanta’s underbelly
Come prepared to listen, learn, and share as Dr. Hobson discusses his new book detailing Atlanta’s political leadership — from the election of Atlanta’s first black mayor through the city’s hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games — has consistently mishandled the black poor. Hobson argues that American capitalism and racism forced Atlanta’s political leadership to governed by bargaining with white business interests to the detriment of ordinary black Atlantans telling this story through the prism of the Black New South, Atlanta politics, policy, and pop culture.