Closer Look: Affordable Housing in Atlanta; Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services; And More

Martin Luther King Jr. walks with Julian Smith (left) and Ralph Abernathy (right) during a Memphis, Tennessee protest in 1968.
Credit Jack Thornell / Associated Press

Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: 50 years ago today sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, began a strike to speak out against low wages and unsafe working conditions. The strike followed the death of two workers, earlier that month, who were crushed by a garbage compactor. This would lead Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders, to Memphis. As we continue our ATL68 series, we hear reflections from those who were in Memphis during the time.
  • 9:08: Earlier this month, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced 51 housing units on the Westside that will be renovated and used for the underserved, senior citizens, and those on fixed incomes. The project is part of Bottoms’ $1 billion public-private Affordable Housing Initiative. We speak to Atlanta Housing Authority President and CEO Catherine Buell and Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens, Post 3 At Large.
  • 30:36: Georgia’s House Bill 159, known as the Adoption Bill, passed the state Senate last week, giving it the final legislative approval it needed before heading to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk for his signature. In a statement, Deal applauded the efforts of legislators and other stakeholders for the bill, saying it “modernizes and streamlines Georgia’s adoption system to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century.” Perhaps no agency will feel the effects of this bill more than Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services, since the division’s work includes finding foster and adoptive homes for abused or neglected children. Interim Director of DFCS Virginia “Ginger” Pryor joined us in studio last month to talk about her new role leading the division, picking up where former Director Bobby Cagle left off, and the efforts for increased community engagement for child-welfare issues.