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Atlanta City Council to Honor District 10 Councilmember C.T. Martin with Unveiling Ceremony for the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center

Post Date:12/27/2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Hall
55 Trinity Ave. S.W. 
Atlanta, GA 30303

CONTACT: 
Talia Moffitt
Public Information Officer – Council Communications 
(404) 546-1835 / (404) 409-5137
tkmoffitt@atlantaga.gov

December 27, 2017

 

Atlanta City Council to Honor District 10 Councilmember C.T. Martin with Unveiling Ceremony for the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center

 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta City Council will rename the Adamsville Recreation Center in honor of longtime District 12 Councilmember C.T. Martin on Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m.  The center is located at 3201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.W. in Atlanta.

The event will feature guest speaker U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

Martin helped secure funding in the late 1990s for the $23 million facility – one of his many achievements over a 26-year career as the District 12 representative for the Atlanta City Council.

“I can’t imagine a more deserving person who has represented this community admirably for nearly 30 years,” said Post 1 At-Large Councilmember Michael Julian Bond. “Councilmember Martin is truly an indelible part of the Adamsville community and someone who has spent his entire life in service to others and his heart and soul in putting citizens in a better place.”

A father of four, Martin spent his council career championing programs that benefitted Atlanta’s youth, often incorporating broad-policies with genuine ‘hands on’ programs. In 1993, he established Atlanta’s first Youth Commission with the goal of giving Atlanta’s children every opportunity for success. Martin also established ‘Youthfest’ in 1991 to strengthen communication between adults and children.

Public safety and economic stimulus were additional priorities for Martin while he served on the council. He spearheaded a historic first for the 10th District: an initiative to unleash economic power in the community with the creation of the M. L. King Jr. Drive Merchants Association.  A longtime activist for development, Martin fought to include the designation of the M. L. King Jr. Drive corridor in a master redevelopment plan for the city’s south side. He also assisted with the opening of a mini police precinct in the Martin Luther King/Adamsville community and organized District 10’s “Citizens on Patrol.” 

Martin chaired several committees while serving on the Atlanta City Council, including public safety, human resources, and transportation. He was first elected to the council as part of a special election in 1990. 

A graduate of Leadership Atlanta, he has affiliations with numerous service organizations and is a board member of the Another Way Out, Inc and chairman of the City of Atlanta Employee Credit Union Board. In 1972, Martin received a presidential appointment from the White House Domestic Policy Council. For more than 20 years, he has served the National Scholarship Service for Negro Students (NSSFNS) and influenced college minority recruitment policy nationwide.

Martin earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and a Master’s of Science degree in Social Work from Atlanta University.

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