On June 4, Mayor Bottoms announced that the 9 p.m. curfew was being changed to 8 p.m., although businesses would still be allowed to operate past this hour. The basic message was clear: Stay off the streets.
After Day 8 went by without any arrests, Mayor Bottoms decides to lift the curfew on Saturday, June 6.
During the day, there were many peaceful protests throughout the city, one of which was organized by health care workers. Nurses, administrative staff, med students and doctors alike gathered nearby Grady Memorial to march to Centennial Olympic Park.
By the second Monday night, the city had grown quiet. The National Guard was heading out, and the once-crowded streets stared blankly back into the night. Around 9:50 p.m., it began to rain heavily, washing out any debris left behind.
In light of the recent shooting and death of Rayshard Brooks this past Saturday, as well as another Black man in Newnan yesterday, however, we don’t see Atlanta resting any time soon.
The Education Department is letting states cancel standardized tests. The move is a practical one: School buildings across the nation are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, even though distance learning efforts are widespread.
Students at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State have had their whole semester shaken up due to COVID-19. With most classes shifting to online rather than in-person, students are facing new concerns and challenges.
As an 18-year-old student attending a training session for activists at the Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee, John Lewis stuttered and struggled to read. A visiting professor mocked his stammered speech and “poor reading skills” and dismissed Lewis’ potential as a “suitable leader” for the burgeoning movement.