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Statements from Atlanta City Council Members on The Passing of Juanita Abernathy

Post Date:09/12/2019 7:56 PM

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September 12, 2019 

Statements from Atlanta City Council Members on The Passing of Juanita Abernathy 

ATLANTA — Several members of the Atlanta City Council have issued statements following the passing of Juanita Abernathy:

“I know that the City joins me in extending our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Mrs. Juanita Abernathy. We are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. In hand with her husband the late Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, she played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement and leaves a special legacy. Her pursuit for equality will never be ignored and we will forever honor her by remembering her commitment and service to humanity.” – Council President Felicia A. Moore

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“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of civil rights icon, women’s advocate, and servant leader, Mrs. Juanita Jones Abernathy. Her contributions to this nation, city and her overwhelming spirit with her husband, Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, during the Civil Rights Movement were legendary. Without the sacrifices of Mrs. Abernathy and those countless others who shouldered the burden of civil rights for all, my service as a Council member today would not have been possible. As the nation mourns her death, I add my voice to the chorus of Americans who collectively say, thank you, Juanita Abernathy. I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to my dear friends in the Abernathy family and to the many lives she impacted in the city and all over the world. Her beautiful elegance and gracious presence will be sorely missed. She left an indelible impression on my life. Good night sweet princess, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.” – Post 1 At- Large Council member Michael Julian Bond

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“Juanita Abernathy was a pivotal force in the Civil Rights Movement. She was a persistent force for change and a fearless warrior for justice, but she was also a nurturing presence for all that encountered her. My thoughts and prayers are extended to her family, friends, and all that knew and loved our beloved Mrs. Abernathy.” – Post 3 At-Large Council member Andre Dickens

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“Juanita Abernathy was a woman of profound strength and courage. As the wife of Ralph David Abernathy, she was a fearless advocate for the Civil Rights Movement and all that it represented. Unmoved by the relentless death threats, even surviving the bombing of their home, Juanita Jones kept fighting. She believed in a better tomorrow and spent her life fighting on behalf of her fervent beliefs. She will be deeply missed.” – District 1 Council member Carla Smith

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“Mrs. Abernathy’s influence on this city and the entire world will not only be remembered for her role alongside her husband, the late Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, but for the lives she touched. Through her fight against inequality and advocacy for justice, she leaves an incredible legacy. She will be missed, and her presence will forever be felt. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the entire Abernathy family and everyone that loved her.” – District 3 Council member Antonio Brown

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"As the wife of Rev. Ralph David Abernathy and former First Lady of West Hunter Street Baptist Church, Mrs. Juanita Abernathy was a dedicated and tireless civil rights leader all of her life. Her commitment to equality was unwavering. My condolences to her family."  – District 4 Council member Cleta Winslow

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“Juanita Abernathy was a truly extraordinary woman. She stood up against social injustice and was a leader in the fight for equality throughout her life. She will forever be remembered for her courage, honesty and determination in the face of discrimination and adversity.”  – District 5 Council member Natalyn Archibong

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“It is with deep sadness that I learned this afternoon of the passing of Mrs. Juanita Jones Abernathy. Mrs. Abernathy was not only a long-time resident of District 9’s Historic Collier Heights neighborhood, but an internationally-known and well-respected leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Along with her husband the late Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, Mrs. Abernathy relentlessly fought for justice and equality. We are all deeply grateful for the many years of Mrs. Abernathy's tireless work to better our nation and our City, where she served on the MARTA Board of Directors for 16-plus years, pushing for transit equity. My thoughts and prayers are with the Abernathy family, and may Mrs. Abernathy be remembered for her life full of service and advocacy.” – District 9 Council member Dustin Hillis

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“I am absolutely heartbroken over the loss of our beloved Juanita Abernathy. As a child of the Civil Rights Movement, I grew up in the Abernathy home. She and my mother were best friends for 50 years. I was privileged to have a front row seat to my Aunt Juanita’s bold approach to change. She was a strategic thinker who led with elegance and grace. She was a fierce warrior for peace and justice. She was proud and unafraid to stand on the front lines so that generations could experience freedom and have a chance at equality. My sincerest condolences to her children and the Abernathy family.” – District 10 Council member Andrea Boone

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“While many are chosen to lead a selfless life in service to others, Juanita Abernathy embraced her purpose to the Civil Rights Movement, the city of Atlanta and this country. We are infinitely better because of her contributions. Her life-long commitment to equality and justice is a legacy that should be the cornerstone for all who desire to serve. I extend my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Abernathy family.” – District 11 Council member Marci Collier Overstreet

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“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Juanita Abernathy. We will always remember the personal sacrifices and contributions she made alongside her husband Ralph David Abernathy.  She was an advocate for the advancement of civil rights which helped cement her legacy as a pioneer for justice for all. I extend my profound condolences to the family and friends of this wonderful woman and national treasure.” – District 12 Council member Joyce Sheperd

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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: Antonio Brown; 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.

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