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The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement is holding a Grand Opening for its Justice Center this Saturday, January 16th. The event will feature guest speakers including Mayor Kelly Girtz, District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez, and Sheriff John Q. Williams. Mokah Jasmine Johnson is president and co-founder of the AADM.

Johnson says the center will address a variety of community needs.

UGA Dept. of Institutional Diversity

The University of Georgia holding its 18thannual Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Breakfast Friday. Though virtual, the event will still contain many elements of the traditional in-person gathering. Dr. Michelle Cook is the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives. 

Hamilton Holmes Jr., son of Hamilton Holmes Sr. delivering the keynote address for the event. 

Today on Athens News Matters, Athens Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz joins us to review the last year and talk about what he’d like to see local policymakers tackle in 2021.

Plus, an update from the UGA Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases, and the University celebrates the 60th anniversary of desegregation.

Those stories, our critic at large on notable local albums of 2020, and more in the full newscast below:

Athens News Matters: Deborah Gonzalez

5 hours ago
Anne Yarbrough via Flagpole Magazine

New District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez started her term with a sweeping slate of progressive reforms. She joins us to talk about the changes she’s making and how justice delivery will change.

Athens News Matters: Spencer Frye

5 hours ago
Julian Alexander via The Red & Black

With legislators back at work and a contentious session looming, Rep. Spencer Frye (D-Athens) joins us to talk about the session.