Closer Look: Democratic Party Of Ga. Chair Nikema Williams; Remembering Juneteenth And The Legacy of Frederick Douglass; Decaturish Investigates Popsicle Controversy

State Sen. Nikema Williams, who was recently elected chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, joins Closer Look in studio.
State Sen. Nikema Williams, who was recently elected chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, joins Closer Look in studio.
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief on June 19th, often called Juneteenth. Dating back to 1865, it was this day the Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas bringing news that the civil war had ended and the enslaved were free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official January 1, 1863. Today in Washington, D.C. the House Judiciary Subcommittee is discussing legislation that would create a commission to study the history of slavery and its lasting discriminatory effect on African Americans — the legislation is HR-40. Long time democratic representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas opened the hearing. Also testifying today were a host of legal and economic experts as well as author and scholar Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover.
  • 3:15: The Atlanta-based business King of Pops has been selling their popsicles on the Decatur Square for years now. However, according to local news outlet Decaturish, earlier this year, the city of Decatur rejected the company’s request to sell on the square for another year and, instead, gave selling privileges to another company, Steel City Pops. Dan Whisenhunt, editor and publisher of Decaturish, joins Closer Look in studio to discuss his three-part investigative series, called “Dethroned,” which explores what happened between these businesses and the local city government.
Dan Whisenhunt, editor and publisher of Decaturish, joins Closer Look in studio to discuss his three-part investigative series, called “Dethroned,” which explores what happened between these local businesses Steel City Pops, King of Pops, and the local city government. Credit: Grace Walker

Decatur’s City Manager Andrea Arnold said in a statement that the city is, ” vibrant downtown district and recruiting and supporting businesses to invest in and become part of our community.”

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  • 19:52: It’s been a busy year for State Senator Nikema Williams, who was recently elected chair of the Georgia Democratic Party. With 2020 on the horizon, we talk to Williams about how she’s preparing for the next election and her strategy for the party. We’ll also hear her background and journey to the position, as the first black woman to lead the state democratic party.
  • 38:38: On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas learned of their emancipation. Slave owners hid information that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier. Today, Juneteenth events take place to commemorate the abolition of slavery.  On this day, we revisit a conversation with Kenneth Morris, Jr. the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great-grandson of Booker T. Washington. Morris is the co-founder and president of the Atlanta-based Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.