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Atlanta City Council Passes Resolutions to Rename Current and Old Council Chambers

Post Date:02/05/2019 11:05 AM

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February 5, 2019

Atlanta City Council Passes Resolutions to Rename Current and Old Council Chambers

ATLANTA—The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed two resolutions to rename its chambers during Monday’s full council meeting.

19-R-3007 will name the current chamber after Fulton County Judge and former Council President Marvin S. Arrington Sr.

19-R-3087 will name the old chamber in honor of former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell. The council convened in the old chamber until construction of the City Hall Annex was completed in 1989. The council sent both resolutions to the mayor post-haste.

Post 1 At-Large Council member Michael Julian Bond, who sponsored the resolutions, had high praise for each official.

“Both men are Atlanta legends who have left an indelible imprint and set a standard for all elected officials who followed them to meet,” said Bond. “There has never been a time when I haven’t known them to be tremendously, intrinsically and civically active. It is appropriate that they receive this honor.”

Arrington was elected to the Atlanta Board of Aldermen (now the Atlanta City Council) in 1969 and served as its president for 17 years. He was appointed to the Fulton County Superior Court by former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes in January 2002, where he served until 2012. Arrington received the Georgia Bar Association’s highest community service award, the Chief Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, in 1998. Atlanta Magazine voted Arrington “One of Atlanta’s Top 25 Lawyers” in 1983, and he was recognized as being among Georgia’s “Legal Elite” of peer-selected top attorneys by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2012.

Massell served for eight years on the Atlanta Board of Aldermen before making history as Atlanta’s first Jewish mayor in 1970, a post he held until 1974. His legacy includes helping launch the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), building the Omni Coliseum (Atlanta’s first enclosed arena) and Woodruff Park. Massell also pioneered opportunities for minorities in city government, appointing the first woman to the Atlanta City Council and the first African-Americans as municipal department heads.

Bond reiterated his appreciation and respect for both men.

“My father [civil rights activist Julian Bond] and [former U.S. Congressman] John Lewis campaigned for Sam Massell. Marvin Arrington and my parents were all close friends,” said Bond. “I have long admired both of these men. Both served as mentors to me. It is humbling for this council to be a part of this historic honor.”

Atlanta City Council
The Atlanta City Council is the chief policy-making body for the City of Atlanta: it acts by considering and enacting all laws that govern the City. The council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City as recommended by the mayor, and it continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The Atlanta City Council reviews and has final say on many land-use and zoning matters. Major economic development projects for the City also fall under the council’s consideration.

The Atlanta City Council is comprised of 12 districts and three at-large posts. Council representatives include: Council President: Felicia A. Moore; District 1: Carla Smith; District 2: Amir Farokhi; District 3: vacant; District 4: Cleta Winslow; District 5: Natalyn Mosby Archibong; District 6: Jennifer N. Ide; District 7: Howard Shook; District 8: J.P. Matzigkeit; District 9: Dustin Hillis; District 10: Andrea L. Boone; District 11: Marci Collier Overstreet; District 12: Joyce M. Sheperd; Post 1 At-Large: Michael Julian Bond; Post 2 At-Large: Matt Westmoreland; and Post 3 At-Large: Andre Dickens.

Council information, committee agendas and more may be found on the Atlanta City Council website here. Video archives of the council’s regularly scheduled meetings, committee meetings and work sessions may be found here.



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