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RESTAURANT TOWN HALLS TO TAKE PLACE
ON “SWEET AUBURN”
Series Explores Justice and Race in America
Cascade Publishing House announces Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Seafood will be its host location for a fall series of town halls/book discussions on the topic of justice and race in America. Sweet Auburn Seafood is located in the historic “Sweet Auburn” Avenue business district of Atlanta (171 Auburn Ave. 30303).
The “Sweet Auburn” town hall-styled gatherings will be convened by author Harold Michael Harvey. His latest book, Justice in the Round: Essays on the American Jury System (Cascade Publishing House, 2015), is a starting point for the town hall dialogue.
A premier seafood eatery in downtown Atlanta, Sweet Auburn Seafood is named for the historic, one-mile stretch that was once home to more black financial institutions, educators, entertainers and politicians than any other street in the South.
The first in the town hall/book discussion series will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The second Town Hall will be held on October 19, 2015 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, with an interview format gathering held by author Harold Michael Harvey with other local political journalists.
Harvey explains: “Sweet Auburn Seafood on ‘Sweet Auburn’ Avenue is the perfect venue for this discussion. The role that ‘Sweet Auburn’ played during the economic development of black America from 1880 to around 1965 was a unique cultural contribution. Sweet Auburn Seafood’s willingness to host these timely discussions is a testament and tribute to the businesses that lined this avenue when Atlanta society was legally segregated.”
Known for his casework when he worked as a trial lawyer, the award-winning journalist/author/publisher speaks to the impetus behind “Justice In The Round”:
“One salient fact shapes my frame of reference in these essays: All jurors bring to the jury room their genetics and their sundry environments. By virtue of this fact, we are all subconsciously race-conscious. No one can divorce themselves from their genetic make-up, but we can, if we choose, overcome the environmental conditions that will enable us to be fair to people with different genetics and social standing.”
Harvey sees the intimacy of Sweet Auburn Seafood’s setting as a unique and ideal environment for what he terms as critical, pressing dialogue for Americans. It is time, integration pioneer and veteran journalist Harold Michael Harvey asserts, that America address and consider reparatory justice.
“Justice in the Round”, through this town hall discussion series, begins that thoughtful inquiry September 15th.
Harold Michael Harvey is the author of the acclaimed legal thriller “Paper Puzzle”. He writes on legal and political issues at haroldmichaelharvey.com. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science from Tuskegee University and a Juris Doctorate from Atlanta Law School. He is the winner of the “Outstanding Work in Newspaper Journalism Award” from the National Newspaper Publishers Association and has twice won the Political Pundit Prize for his journalism.
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