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Following A Weekend Of Intense Protests, Experts Weigh In On What’s Next For Atlanta

Demonstrators march Sunday in Atlanta. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Local experts look at what’s ahead for Atlanta.
Demonstrators march Sunday in Atlanta. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Local experts look at what’s ahead for Atlanta.
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Following several days of intense protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd, what’s next for the city of Atlanta?

And, what can Atlanta’s history teach us about current events?

These are just a few of the questions local experts and academics examined on Monday’s edition of “Closer Look with Rose Scott.”

This conversation kicks off a weeklong series dedicated to analyzing the ongoing protests and discussing topics including, but not limited to, 21st century protesting, leadership, voting and race reconciliation.

Today’s guests include:

  • Illya Davis, director of new students and transition programs and professor of philosophy from Morehouse College
  • Maurice Hobson, Georgia State University associate professor in African-American Studies and author of “The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta”
  • Nsenga Burton, co-director of film and media management at Emory University

To listen to the full interview, click on the audio player above.