America’s Black Mecca: It’s Complicated
Atlanta has been associated with black excellence and achievements in politics, business, and education earning it the nickname “the Black Mecca” Maurice Hobson complicates the Black Mecca trope by cultivating counter histories from Atlanta’s underbelly
Come prepared to listen, learn, and share as Dr. Hobson discusses his new book detailing Atlanta’s political leadership -- from the election of Atlanta’s first black mayor through the city’s hosting of the 1996 Olympic Games -- has consistently mishandled the black poor. Hobson argues that American capitalism and racism forced Atlanta’s political leadership to governed by bargaining with white business interests to the detriment of ordinary black Atlantans telling this story through the prism of the Black New South, Atlanta politics, policy, and pop culture.
Dr. Maurice Hobson is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and Historian at Georgia State University. Dr. Hobson earned his Ph.D. degree in History, in African American and 20th Century U.S. History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has authored “The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta” published with the University of North Carolina Press. He actively engages in social sciences and has created a new paradigm called the Black New South which explores the experiences of black people in the American South since WWII.