Closer Look: The 150 Year History of New Hope AME Church; 2018 Georgia Latino Entrepreneurship Study; Oglethorpe University’s Brad Firchow Talks Graduation & Future

Rev. David F. Richards is the current pastor of New Hope AME Church, which will celebrate 150 years this Sunday.
Rev. David F. Richards is the current pastor of New Hope AME Church, which will celebrate 150 years this Sunday.
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Friday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives an update on the newest measles cases in Georgia, and in other news, a rundown of Georgia politicians who have endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for his 2020 presidential campaign.
  • 3:45: A new study released by the Latino Community Fund of Georgia reports that Latino business leaders are key players in Georgia’s economy but still face significant obstacles. The majority of Georgia’s Latino entrepreneurs, 82 percent, are “foreign born” and recent immigrants, according to the study. That’s significantly higher than the national average of Latino entrepreneurs, which is 44 percent. At the same time, Georgia Latino entrepreneurs face challenges when it comes to growth and scalability of their businesses. In studio today to break down this new study’s findings are Gigi Pedraza, Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund and Alejandro Coss, President and CEO of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.
Gigi Pedraza, Executive Director of the Latino Community Fund, and Alejandro Coss, President and CEO of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, discuss a new report on Latino entrepreneurship in Georgia. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)
  • 26:30: Founded in 1869 by emancipated slaves, New Hope AME Church will celebrate 150 years this Sunday. Ahead of that celebration, Closer Look visited the historic church earlier this week for a conversation with its current pastor, Rev. David F. Richards. In part two of our conversation with Rev. Richards, he’ll share more of the history behind the building, its congregation, and the church’s cemetery.
  • 41:37: College graduation season is almost here, and Closer Look is talking to Atlanta area graduates. Today, a conversation with Brad Firchow, an Oglethorpe University student who will be working at the nonprofit Childspring International after graduation. At his new job, he will work to arrange surgeries for children around the world. Eventually, he hopes to attend medical school and practice in the rural South.
Brad Firchow, an Oglethorpe University senior, talks about his plans after graduation this May. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.