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Advisory Committee to Review and Make Recommendations on City Street Names and Monuments Linked to the Confederacy

Post Date:08/22/2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
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Atlanta, GA  30303 

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August 22, 2017

Advisory Committee to Review and Make Recommendations on City Street Names and Monuments Linked to the Confederacy

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to establish a seven-member advisory committee to review and make recommendations on all city street names and monuments associated with the Confederacy. 

“The recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have brought renewed attention to monuments and street names around the country, with many elected officials, clergy and members of the public calling for their removal,” said City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond, who amended the legislation to afford the advisory committee additional time to return to the mayor and council with its recommendations. “The City of Atlanta is known across the country and world for being a beacon of equality, diversity and inclusion. We believe it is important to review all city street names and monuments linked to the Confederacy in a thoughtful and intentional manner.”

The advisory committee will consist of three members appointed by the city council and four members appointed by the mayor. Committee members have the authority to appoint ad hoc members without council confirmation.

The committee has 70 days to make recommendations to the mayor and city council on the future of streets names and monuments linked to the Confederacy.

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