A WEEKEND IN ATLANTA WITH THE BURDEN AND NABJ

ATLANTA _ It was one of the best weekends ever. I was honored to serve on a panel at an NABJ Region III conference that was one of the best I’ve attended. But the workshops and lunch and even the party came second to hanging out with dear friends who are like family. I am grateful to Marlon Walker for his guest room, Benet Wilson for her friendship and April Washington, my BFF, for always being there. After the regional on Saturday, where else would I be on a Sunday morning in Atlanta where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being remembered than at Ebenezer Baptist Church?  The sermon and praise were so moving, I told the pastor after service that even though I live in Detroit and have a church, I almost asked down the aisle to join his. And I was honored to meet Mrs. Christine King Farris, Dr. King’s sister, who was nearly mobbed by visitors. Following church, I had another successful conversation and signing of “The Burden” at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, an awesome venue whose team was amazing. It was my honor to be joined on stage by Dr. Michael Simanga from Georgia State University, who contributed to the book and who is brilliant. Then it was back home to get ready for the next conversation, the next chapter.

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