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Closing Comments from the April 23, 2024 BOC Meeting

Good Afternoon, Everyone:

 

I will begin my comments today by reminding you all that my 2nd Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast Meeting for this year will take place this Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 9am at the East Central DeKalb Community & Senior Center. More information will be available across our communications platforms. We look forward to seeing you there.

Flyer for the upcoming Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast Meeting this Saturday
Flyer for the upcoming Quarterly in the Fourth Community Breakfast Meeting this Saturday

On March 28 it was an honor to participate in the Career Day Program at Allgood Elementary School. It is always a pleasure for me to speak with young people about local government and hear their perspectives as well. The children are indeed our future, and I am always excited to participate in anything that fosters their knowledge and understanding. I would like to thank Principal Dr. William J. Carter and Community Leader and active mom Chandra Robinson for affording me that wonderful opportunity.

Top photo: Commissioner Bradshaw engages in a lively discussion with Allgood Elementary School students; Bottom left: DeKalb County Police K9 Officer demonstration; Bottom right: Chandra Robinson and Commissioner Bradshaw
Top photo: Commissioner Bradshaw engages in a lively discussion with Allgood Elementary School students; Bottom left: DeKalb County Police K9 Officer demonstration; Bottom right: Chandra Robinson and Commissioner Bradshaw

On April 8 it was an honor to attend the Unity Seder at The Temple in Atlanta. The Seder is a ceremonial feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish festival of Passover. The word “seder” itself means “order”, symbolizing the structured sequence of ritual and shared narratives that make the experience so poignant. It was indeed, a pleasure for me to be there and to fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Jewish Community.

Celebrating the beginning of Passover at the Unity Seder at The Temple Atlanta
Celebrating the beginning of Passover at the Unity Seder at The Temple Atlanta

On April 10 it was great to attend the State of DeKalb Animals Luncheon at the Old Courthouse here in Decatur. The event was well-organized and well-attended, and it was an honor to stand in solidarity with all the folks who care about our four-legged friends. I would like to commend our colleague Commissioner Michelle Long Spears and her entire team for putting together an excellent event.

 

On April 18 it was a great honor for me to deliver the commencement address for the adult education graduates at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. There were over 100 graduates in the disciplines of English as a Second Language, Career Plus, and High School Equivalency, and it was a pleasure for me to address them. I spoke about the importance of getting up after getting knocked down. Because we all get knocked down from time-to-time. And I think the message was well-received. The energy in the room that was displayed by the graduates and their loved ones was very inspiring. I would like to commend GPTC President Dr. Tavarez Holston and his entire team for executing a great ceremony, and for the valuable role that this institution plays in our community. I also want to thank my dear friend Tracie Hawkins for the invitation to participate.

Commissioner Bradshaw addresses the graduates at the GPTC adult education graduation ceremony
Commissioner Bradshaw addresses the graduates at the GPTC adult education graduation ceremony
At the GPTC adult education graduation ceremony with Dr. Tavarez Holston
At the GPTC adult education graduation ceremony with Dr. Tavarez Holston

On April 19 it was great to attend the Black Women’s History Month Inaugural Gala hosted by the ladies at Antioch AME Church at the New Black Wall Street in Stonecrest. It was a lovely event, and I was honored to participate. I want to thank my friend Antioch AME Pastor Vandy Simmons, and event organizer, State Representative Rhonda Taylor for the invitation to attend.

At the Black Women's History Month Gala with two of my favorite people, Grace Akan and Alesia Brooks!
At the Black Women's History Month Gala with two of my favorite people, Grace Akan and Alesia Brooks!

On April 20 it was a pleasure to attend the NAACP Unity Breakfast at the New Black Wall Street in Stonecrest. The theme “The Future Is In Our Hands. We Have The Power To Vote.” was very appropriate. I would like to commend keynote speaker Tharon Johnson, CEO of Paramount Consulting for delivering a powerful message. And I would like to thank NAACP DeKalb Branch President Edwina Clanton for organizing a great event.

At the DeKalb NAACP Unity Breakfast with Tharon Johnson
At the DeKalb NAACP Unity Breakfast with Tharon Johnson

If you have any questions or concerns, please call my office at 404-371-4749, or visit my website at commissionerbradshaw.com. Follow me on all the major social media platforms for updates between the meetings, too!

 

As always, I will conclude my remarks by thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.

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