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About Rev. Dr. James Orange

Rev. Dr. James Edward OrangeThe Man…The Activist...The Leader

We decided to give you a glimpse of the man that we call husband, dad, grandfather, brother, uncle…Leader.He began his career as an activist after attending a mass meeting with the Rev. James Bevel, in his native, Birmingham, Alabama. He became known for his singing and how he was able to inspire the young people of Birmingham to participate in the movement for social justice. As a result, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hired him as the first field staffer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

He organized and assisted in organizing marches and demonstrations throughout the South. Some of his most notable marches and demonstrations include: The March on Washington (1963); His near lynching which led to the prelude of “Bloody Sunday” and later the Voter’s Right Act of 1965; Resurrection City, and Poor People’s Campaign(1968).

He was at the bottom of the stairs at the Lorraine Motel with Rev. Andrew Young when the shots of April 4, 1968 rang out.

His commitment to the movement and the philosophy of Dr. King allowed him to take those same principles with him when he began to work for Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1977. He found that the Labor Movement allowed him to use the philosophy of the Civil Rights Movement. He then went on to work with UNITE and later retired from AFL-CIO. After retiring he was able to pursue his causes and interests at leisure while living in Oakland City.When Mrs. Coretta Scott King founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change and began the celebration to commemorate Dr. King’s birthday, Dad was the person to organize the Commemorative March and also provided marshalling for all of the events. The King Week Celebrations started long before the National Holiday; and so was the birth of The March Committee.

Further, since his passion has always been voting, Dad always had his family and friends involved in various political campaigns from Atlanta to South Africa. One such campaign was the 1981 Atlanta mayor’s race when Andrew Young was elected Mayor. Dad recruited and mobilized hundreds of students from the University Center and other colleges throughout the metro area the “Blue Crew” was born.

Both the Blue Crew and the March Committee have given birth to many Chiefs of Police and Fire Department personnel, City Councilmembers, Mayors, Preachers, reformed gang bangers, activists, organizers and just better people along the way.

While on his trip to South Africa he met and became fast friends with a South African activist, S’bu Ndebele. This relationship led to introducing the Africa African American Renaissance Festival to The March Committee. We don’t have the printing capabilities to list the various other organizations that Dad is affiliated with; however the two (2) that were dear to his heart are: S.C.L.C/W. O. M. E. N, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia and the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma Alabama.

As you read this, it is important to know that our father was a family man. In 1974 our family proudly bought our first home on Westmont Road in the Oakland City neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta. Our family still resides there and continues to keep his legacy of alive even after his sudden death in 2008. How do we want Dad to be remembered? Remember Dad by making it your civic priority to go out and vote and practicing non-violence. Dad was a drum major for Dr. Kings Six (6) Principles of Nonviolence. Remember Dad through his Humor and giant Heart. Remember our Dad as THE LEADER he was to all of us.

Atlanta Area July 4th Fireworks

Fireworks will light up the sky all over metro Atlanta on July 4th!  Below is your guide to some of the best shows and events around town, with something for everybody - and something near everybody. Most are free.

City of Atlanta:

4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park: Gates open at 6pm. July 4. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9pm. Free. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. www.centennialpark.com.

Channel 2’s “Georgia Salutes America” program and fireworks from Centennial Olympic Park will air on WSB-TV.

There will be live music at the event, artist names to be released soon, and the finale of the evening is Centennial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, fireworks synchronized to patriotic music.

A list of prohibited items in the park can be found on the Centennial website: www.centennialpark.com.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race: One of the premier Fourth of July traditions, this 6.2 mile race kicks off Independence Day celebrations with about 60,000 people running and walking through the streets. Even if you don’t have a race number, be one of the 150,000 spectators cheering on the participants from the sidelines. http://www.ajc.com/s/peachtree/#race-info

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies: Cheer on the Braves at Turner Field and then stay after for a firework celebration of Independence Day choreographed to patriotic music. 7:10. July 4th. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr Atlanta, GA 30302. 800-745-3000, www.braves.com.

Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew: Celebrate Fourth of July with dinner, drinks and a view of Centennial Olympic Park’s firework show atop the Georgia Aquarium’s roof. 7-10 pm, fireworks starting at approximately 9:40pm. $55 ($45 for members), 21 and older only. 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta GA 30313. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.

Lenox Square 4th of July: Shops & Restaurants open 10am-6pm. Musical Entertainment starts at 6pm. Fireworks scheduled to being at 9:40pm. July 4th. Free. 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-233-6767. http://www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square.

Whiskey Blue Fourth of July Extravaganza: Celebrate the fourth on the rooftop of the W Atlanta- Buckhead. Enjoy Whiskey Blue’s signature cocktails, gourmet bites, sounds of Dj Rimby and take in the Southeast’s largest fireworks display at Lenox Square. Tickets start at $25. July 4. W Atlanta Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA 30326, www.whiskeyblue.xorbia.com.

Other Area Events: 

Acworth’s Fourth of July Celebration: Live music starts at 4pm. Concerts begin at 5:30pm. Fireworks at dusk (9:30pm). Free. http://www.acworth.com/fourth-of-july-celebration/.

Allatoona Yacht Club Fireworks Celebration: July 3rd at sunset. Boat access only in front of the Altoona Yacht clu, with fireworks visible from many coves adjacent to area. Free. Allatoona Yacht Club, 176 Websters Overlook Dr SE, Cartersville, GA 30121.

Alpharetta’s July 4th Festivities and Fireworks: Celebrate independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. Free. Entertainment and children’s activities begin at 6pm, behind the Alpharetta Community Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6130, www.alpharetta.ga.us.

Athens Independence Day Celebration: July 4. 4-10pm, an evening of festivities with fireworks beginning at dusk at the Georgia Square Mall.

Auburn July 4 Festivities and Fireworks: 5-11pm. July 4. Downtown Auburn, 1369 4th Ave Auburn, Ga 30011, cityofauburn-ga.org.

Austell- Six Flags Over Georgia Coca-Cola July 4th Fest: July 3-5. Thrilling rides and attractions, fun games and a fireworks show. Guests, who arrive with a Coca-Cola can, will be admitted to the park an hour early. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm on all three nights.

Braselton Fourth of July Festival, Parade & 5K: Star Spangled 4th of July 5/ Fun Run at 8am (walk begins at 8:15am. Celebration continues with a Festival from 4-9pm, Parade at 6pm, and Fireworks at Dusk. Braselton Park – www.braselton.net.

Buford - Lake Lanier- Lanier World, July 3rd, 4th, and 5th from 3-7pm. Enjoy the day with rides, slides, and live entertainment. Fireworks will begin after dark at Sunset Cove. 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford GA 30518, www.lanierislands.com.

Buford- Mall of Georgia’s 13th annual Star Spangled Fourth: Kids zone opens at 5pm July 4 for games, free concerts in the Village Amphitheater also begin at 5pm. Fireworks begin at dusk (approximately 9:35pm). Post- fireworks screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1” (rated PG-13). Free.  Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Dr, Buford GA, 678-482-8788, www.mallofgeorgia.com.

Canton Fireworks and Festival- 4-7pm July 4 live music, followed by a parade from 7-8pm. Fireworks at dusk behind Riverstone. Riverstone Blv, Canton GA 30114. www.localendar.com.

Cartersville- Stars, Stripes & Cartersville Fourth of July Celebration- July 4. Parade at 9am on Main Street. Concert from 8-9:30pm followed by fireworks at Dellinger Park. $2 per car parking fee. 100 Pine Grove Rd, Cartersville GA 30120, http://www.visitcartersvillega.org.

Clayton County, 4th of July at the Beach- July 4, Event from 10am-7pm. Fireworks following at dusk. Admission is $9 for children, $11 for adults. The Beach at International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro GA 30236, www.claytonparks.com.

Chamblee Fourth of July Celebration- 5-10pm, July 4. Free. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr, Chamblee GA 30341, 770-986-5016, www.chambleega.com.

Covington- Independence in the Park, 6pm July 4. Downtown Covington Square, 770-385-2077, www.downtownconvington.org.

Cumming’s July Fourth Celebration- Fireworks July 3rd at 9:30pm at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040. Steam Engine Parade July 4th at 10:00 a.m. - downtown square. www.cummingfair.net.

Dahlonega- July 4. Independence Day Parade through historic square at 5pm, ending at drill field of University of North Georgia where fireworks show will be held at dusk. www.dahlonega.org.

Dalton- no information at this time

Decatur’s July 4th Pied piper Parade- decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk in this event. Begins at 6pm and ends at Community bandstand where a concert starts at 7pm. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9pm). Free. 404-371-8386, www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

Douglasville- July 4th Celebration -July 4th. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Fireworks will start at dusk. Fireworks can be viewed from Arbor Place mall front parking lot. http://douglasvillecalendar.com/.

Duluth Celebrates America- July 3rd Celebration, Duluth Town Green, 6-9pm, www.duluth-ga.com.

East Point Hometown Celebration- July 4, 3-11pm Carnival, fireworks at 9:30pm. 2757 Main Street, East Point GA 30344 across from East Point MARTA station. 404-270-7059, www.downtowneastpoint.com.

Ellijay, 4th of July Star Spangled Beach Party- Celebration on July 4. Parade at 6pm, fireworks at dusk. http://www.gilmerchamber.com/4th-of-july-star-spangled-beach-party-in-downtown-ellijay/.

Flowery Branch- Sterling on the Lake- July 5 celebration, 4pm with food, drinks and a live 80s band. Fireworks display at dusk. $20 per car for non-residents. 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd, (770) 965-3980, www.sterlingonthelake.com.

Gwinnett County- Gwinnett Braves v Charlotte Knights- Saturday July 4. Fireworks extravaganza immediately after game. www.gwinnettbraves.com.

Hampton- Friday Night Drags & Show-n-Shine Fireworks Night at AMS- Event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 N. U.S. 41, Hampton. 770-946-4211, www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Heard County- A Chattahoochee Independence Day Celebration- July 4, 5pm- 12am. Food, Fun, Music, and fireworks at dusk. Court Square, Franklin GA. www.heardchamber.com.

Helen-Fireworks planned for Friday July 4th 9:30 p.m., behind the Alpine Village Shoppes. www.helenga.org

Henry County Fireworks Extravaganza- festivities begin at 2pm with live music, car shows, raffles, food, and more. Fireworks display after dark at 9:30pm. 100 Babbs Mill Rd, Hampton GA, 678-432-4399, www.hcfireworks.com.

Kennesaw’s pre-Independence Day Salute to America- July 3rd, concert at 6pm, fireworks at 9:30pm. Free. Downtown Kennesaw, 2828 Cherokee St, Kennesaw GA 30144. 770-422-9714, www.kennesaw.com.

Lawrenceville- Prelude to the Fourth- July 3rd, 7-10pm. Lawrenceville’s renowned Aurora Theatre will perform a Broadway Musical, followed by a dazzling fireworks display after dark. 210 Luckie St, Lawrenceville Ga 30046, www.lawrencevillega.org.

Lilburn-Sparkle in the Park- City park will be lit up with fireworks and have live music, GLOW the Show band. 5:30-10pm, July 4. 76 Main St, Lilburn Ga 30047, www.cityoflilburn.com.

Marietta- Fourth in the Park- Day-long celebration, July 4th 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Glover Park on the Marietta Square, www.mariettaga.gov.

Monroe- Freedom Fest- July 4th. Event begins at 5:00 p.m. at Athens Tech Campus, 121 Blaine Street. Fireworks after dark. www.monroedowntown.com.

Newnan- Fourth of July Parade and Rotary Celebration- 4th of July parade at 9am at Main Street. Fireworks celebration- Drake Stadium, gates open at 5:30. www.ci.newnan.ga.us.

Norcross- Red, White & Boom! Pre-Fourth Celebration- 3p.m. block party. Live music at 6 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. July 3rd. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross GA 30071. 678-421-2000, www.norcrossga.net.  

Peachtree City- July 4th Parade, begins at 9am on Peachtree Parkway at Braelinn Golf Course. 4th Fest 5 pm- 9 pm at City Hall Plaza. Fireworks 9 pm-10pm Drake Field. www.peachtree-city.org.

Roswell- Fourth in the Park Celebration- 10am Freedom Parade, followed by a festival in Marietta Square (10am-9pm). Fireworks after dark. Free. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St Ne, Marietta GA 30060. www.roswellgov.com.

Sandy Springs- Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Display- Parade on July 4, 9am. Fireworks on July 5, festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. The spectator area is located at the Concourse Corporate Center Lawn. www.sandyspringsga.gov.

Snellville- Star-Spangled Snellville- Independence Day Celebration on the Towne Green. July 4th starting at 3 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. www.snellvillepride.com.

Stone Mountain- Fantastic Fourth Celebration- Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, followed by a fireworks July 3-5 on the lawn. Begins at dusk. $10 daily parking pass or $35 for annual parking permit, U.S. 78 E., Stone Mountain. www.stonemountainpark.com.

Sugar Hill- Sparks in the Park- July 3, music performances beginning at 6pm. Fireworks starting at 9pm. E.E. Robinson Park. www.cityofsurgarhill.com.

Tallapoosa- Fourth of July Celebration- Parade downtown starting at Veterans Memorial Park. Food entertainment and fireworks at Helton Howland Park.  www.visitharalson.org.

Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza- July 3, 5pm, Free. The Villa Rica Civic Center and Sports Complex, 1605 Highway 61, Villa Rica GA 30180. www.villaricaparks.com

Woodstock’s Stars and Strikes July 4th Spectacular- 7:30 am Freedom Run. Parade at 10am starting at Woodstock Elementary School. Festival at 3pm in the Park at City Center. Fireworks after dusk behind the Target shopping center (HWY 92 and I-575). www.woodstockga.gov.

North Georgia July 4th Fireworks

Fireworks will light up the sky all over Georgia on July 4th!  Below is your guide to some of the best shows and events, with something for everybody - and something near everybody. Most are free.

Acworth’s Fourth of July Celebration: Live music starts at 4pm. Concerts begin at 5:30pm. Fireworks at dusk (9:30pm). Free. http://www.acworth.com/fourth-of-july-celebration/.

Allatoona Yacht Club Fireworks Celebration: July 3rd at sunset. Boat access only in front of the Altoona Yacht clu, with fireworks visible from many coves adjacent to area. Free. Allatoona Yacht Club, 176 Websters Overlook Dr SE, Cartersville, GA 30121.

Alpharetta’s July 4th Festivities and Fireworks: Celebrate independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. Free. Entertainment and children’s activities begin at 6pm, behind the Alpharetta Community Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Wills Park, 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6130, www.alpharetta.ga.us.

Athens Independence Day Celebration: July 4. 4-10pm, an evening of festivities with fireworks beginning at dusk at the Georgia Square Mall.

City of Atlanta:

4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park: Gates open at 6pm. July 4. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9pm. Free. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. www.centennialpark.com.

Channel 2’s “Georgia Salutes America” program and fireworks from Centennial Olympic Park will air on WSB-TV.

There will be live music at the event, artist names to be released soon, and the finale of the evening is Centennial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, fireworks synchronized to patriotic music.

A list of prohibited items in the park can be found on the Centennial website: www.centennialpark.com.

Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race: One of the premier Fourth of July traditions, this 6.2 mile race kicks off Independence Day celebrations with about 60,000 people running and walking through the streets. Even if you don’t have a race number, be one of the 150,000 spectators cheering on the participants from the sidelines.http://www.ajc.com/s/peachtree/#race-info

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies: Cheer on the Braves at Turner Field and then stay after for a firework celebration of Independence Day choreographed to patriotic music. 7:10. July 4th. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Dr Atlanta, GA 30302. 800-745-3000, www.braves.com.

Georgia Aquarium’s Red, White & Brew: Celebrate Fourth of July with dinner, drinks and a view of Centennial Olympic Park’s firework show atop the Georgia Aquarium’s roof. 7-10 pm, fireworks starting at approximately 9:40pm. $55 ($45 for members), 21 and older only. 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta GA 30313. 404-581- 4000.www.georgiaaquarium.org.

Lenox Square 4th of July: Shops & Restaurants open 10am-6pm. Musical Entertainment starts at 6pm. Fireworks scheduled to being at 9:40pm. July 4th. Free. 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. 404-233-6767. http://www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square.

Whiskey Blue Fourth of July Extravaganza: Celebrate the fourth on the rooftop of the W Atlanta- Buckhead. Enjoy Whiskey Blue’s signature cocktails, gourmet bites, sounds of Dj Rimby and take in the Southeast’s largest fireworks display at Lenox Square. Tickets start at $25. July 4. W Atlanta Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA 30326, www.whiskeyblue.xorbia.com.

Auburn July 4 Festivities and Fireworks: 5-11pm. July 4. Downtown Auburn, 1369 4th Ave Auburn, Ga 30011, cityofauburn-ga.org.

Austell- Six Flags Over Georgia Coca-Cola July 4th Fest: July 3-5. Thrilling rides and attractions, fun games and a fireworks show. Guests, who arrive with a Coca-Cola can, will be admitted to the park an hour early. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm on all three nights.

Braselton Fourth of July Festival, Parade & 5K: Star Spangled 4th of July 5/ Fun Run at 8am (walk begins at 8:15am. Celebration continues with a Festival from 4-9pm, Parade at 6pm, and Fireworks at Dusk. Braselton Park – www.braselton.net.

Buford - Lake Lanier- Lanier World, July 3rd, 4th, and 5th from 3-7pm. Enjoy the day with rides, slides, and live entertainment. Fireworks will begin after dark at Sunset Cove. 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford GA 30518, www.lanierislands.com.

Buford- Mall of Georgia’s 13th annual Star Spangled Fourth: Kids zone opens at 5pm July 4 for games, free concerts in the Village Amphitheater also begin at 5pm. Fireworks begin at dusk (approximately 9:35pm). Post- fireworks screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1” (rated PG-13). Free.  Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Dr, Buford GA, 678-482-8788, www.mallofgeorgia.com.

Canton Fireworks and Festival- 4-7pm July 4 live music, followed by a parade from 7-8pm. Fireworks at dusk behind Riverstone. Riverstone Blv, Canton GA 30114. www.localendar.com.

Cartersville- Stars, Stripes & Cartersville Fourth of July Celebration- July 4. Parade at 9am on Main Street. Concert from 8-9:30pm followed by fireworks at Dellinger Park. $2 per car parking fee. 100 Pine Grove Rd, Cartersville GA 30120, http://www.visitcartersvillega.org.

Clayton County, 4th of July at the Beach- July 4, Event from 10am-7pm. Fireworks following at dusk. Admission is $9 for children, $11 for adults. The Beach at International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro GA 30236, www.claytonparks.com.

Chamblee Fourth of July Celebration- 5-10pm, July 4. Free. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr, Chamblee GA 30341, 770-986-5016, www.chambleega.com.

Covington- Independence in the Park, 6pm July 4. Downtown Covington Square, 770-385-2077, www.downtownconvington.org.

Cumming’s July Fourth Celebration- Fireworks July 3rd at 9:30pm at the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming GA 30040. Steam Engine Parade July 4th at 10:00 a.m. - downtown square. www.cummingfair.net.

Dahlonega- July 4. Independence Day Parade through historic square at 5pm, ending at drill field of University of North Georgia where fireworks show will be held at dusk. www.dahlonega.org.

Dalton- no information at this time

Decatur’s July 4th Pied piper Parade- decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk in this event. Begins at 6pm and ends at Community bandstand where a concert starts at 7pm. Fireworks begin at dark (approximately 9pm). Free. 404-371-8386, www.visitdecaturgeorgia.com.

Douglasville- July 4th Celebration -July 4th. Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Fireworks will start at dusk. Fireworks can be viewed from Arbor Place mall front parking lot. http://douglasvillecalendar.com/.

Duluth Celebrates America- July 3rd Celebration, Duluth Town Green, 6-9pm, www.duluth-ga.com.

East Point Hometown Celebration- July 4, 3-11pm Carnival, fireworks at 9:30pm. 2757 Main Street, East Point GA 30344 across from East Point MARTA station. 404-270-7059, www.downtowneastpoint.com.

Ellijay, 4th of July Star Spangled Beach Party- Celebration on July 4. Parade at 6pm, fireworks at dusk. http://www.gilmerchamber.com/4th-of-july-star-spangled-beach-party-in-downtown-ellijay/.

Flowery Branch- Sterling on the Lake- July 5 celebration, 4pm with food, drinks and a live 80s band. Fireworks display at dusk. $20 per car for non-residents. 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd, (770) 965-3980, www.sterlingonthelake.com.

Gwinnett County- Gwinnett Braves v Charlotte Knights- Saturday July 4. Fireworks extravaganza immediately after game. www.gwinnettbraves.com.

Hampton- Friday Night Drags & Show-n-Shine Fireworks Night at AMS- Event from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 N. U.S. 41, Hampton. 770-946-4211, www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Heard County- A Chattahoochee Independence Day Celebration- July 4, 5pm- 12am. Food, Fun, Music, and fireworks at dusk. Court Square, Franklin GA. www.heardchamber.com.

Helen-Fireworks planned for Friday July 4th 9:30 p.m., behind the Alpine Village Shoppes. www.helenga.org

Henry County Fireworks Extravaganza- festivities begin at 2pm with live music, car shows, raffles, food, and more. Fireworks display after dark at 9:30pm. 100 Babbs Mill Rd, Hampton GA, 678-432-4399, www.hcfireworks.com.

Kennesaw’s pre-Independence Day Salute to America- July 3rd, concert at 6pm, fireworks at 9:30pm. Free. Downtown Kennesaw, 2828 Cherokee St, Kennesaw GA 30144. 770-422-9714, www.kennesaw.com.

Lawrenceville- Prelude to the Fourth- July 3rd, 7-10pm. Lawrenceville’s renowned Aurora Theatre will perform a Broadway Musical, followed by a dazzling fireworks display after dark. 210 Luckie St, Lawrenceville Ga 30046, www.lawrencevillega.org.

Lilburn-Sparkle in the Park- City park will be lit up with fireworks and have live music, GLOW the Show band. 5:30-10pm, July 4. 76 Main St, Lilburn Ga 30047, www.cityoflilburn.com.

Marietta- Fourth in the Park- Day-long celebration, July 4th 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Glover Park on the Marietta Square, www.mariettaga.gov.

Monroe- Freedom Fest- July 4th. Event begins at 5:00 p.m. at Athens Tech Campus, 121 Blaine Street. Fireworks after dark. www.monroedowntown.com.

Newnan- Fourth of July Parade and Rotary Celebration- 4th of July parade at 9am at Main Street. Fireworks celebration- Drake Stadium, gates open at 5:30. www.ci.newnan.ga.us.

Norcross- Red, White & Boom! Pre-Fourth Celebration- 3p.m. block party. Live music at 6 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. July 3rd. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross GA 30071. 678-421-2000, www.norcrossga.net.  

Oconee County- Oconee 4th of July Spectacular- Activities and music start at 6:30pm, fireworks start at 9:30pm at Oconee Veterans Park. Georgia Country Music Artist of the Year Scott Brantley will perform with Athens' own Laughlin. The National Anthem will be brought to you by the University of North Georgia Men's Ensemble. http://www.oconeecounty.com/ocprd/

Peachtree City- July 4th Parade, begins at 9am on Peachtree Parkway at Braelinn Golf Course. 4th Fest 5 pm- 9 pm at City Hall Plaza. Fireworks 9 pm-10pm Drake Field. www.peachtree-city.org.

Rabun County- Fireworks in Dillard, begin at 9:00pm at the Dillard House on July 4th. Fireworks at Lake Burton, begin at 9:30pm on July 4th on the south end of Billy Goat Island. Lake Rabun Wooden Boat Parade on July 5th at Mathis Dam and following Lake Rabun Road to the Big Basin and then back following Brandon Mill rd. http://explorerabun.com/

Roswell- Fourth in the Park Celebration- 10am Freedom Parade, followed by a festival in Marietta Square (10am-9pm). Fireworks after dark. Free. Marietta Square, 4 Depot St Ne, Marietta GA 30060. www.roswellgov.com.

Sandy Springs- Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Display- Parade on July 4, 9am. Fireworks on July 5, festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks beginning at 9:45 p.m. The spectator area is located at the Concourse Corporate Center Lawn. www.sandyspringsga.gov.

Snellville- Star-Spangled Snellville- Independence Day Celebration on the Towne Green. July 4th starting at 3 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. www.snellvillepride.com.

Stone Mountain- Fantastic Fourth Celebration- Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, followed by a fireworks July 3-5 on the lawn. Begins at dusk. $10 daily parking pass or $35 for annual parking permit, U.S. 78 E., Stone Mountain. www.stonemountainpark.com.

Sugar Hill- Sparks in the Park- July 3, music performances beginning at 6pm. Fireworks starting at 9pm. E.E. Robinson Park. www.cityofsurgarhill.com.

Tallapoosa- Fourth of July Celebration- Parade downtown starting at Veterans Memorial Park. Food entertainment and fireworks at Helton Howland Park.  www.visitharalson.org.

Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza- July 3, 5pm, Free. The Villa Rica Civic Center and Sports Complex, 1605 Highway 61, Villa Rica GA 30180. www.villaricaparks.com

Woodstock’s Stars and Strikes July 4th Spectacular- 7:30 am Freedom Run. Parade at 10am starting at Woodstock Elementary School. Festival at 3pm in the Park at City Center. Fireworks after dusk behind the Target shopping center (HWY 92 and I-575). www.woodstockga.gov.

Professor Alex Bradford -- Black History Month 2012

He was a multi-talented gospel composer, singer, arranger, and choir director who was a great influence on artists like Little Richard, Bob Marley, and Ray Charles and helped bring about the modern mass choir movement to gospel. Born in Bessemer, Professor Alex Bradford attended the Snow Hill Institute in Snow Hill, Alabama, where he acquired the title “Professor” while teaching as a student.

Dr. Bradford moved to Chicago in 1947 where he worked briefly with Roberta Martin and toured with Mahalia Jackson, then struck out on his own with his own group, “The Bradford Singers, followed by another group, The Bradford Specials. He recorded his first hit record “Too Close to Heaven” in 1954 which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc.

In 1961 Bradford joined the cast in "Black Nativity", based on the writings of Langston Hughes. He appeared in Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, for which he won the Obie award, in 1972. He died in 1978 as the musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God was in production. Bradford's music continues to provide a compelling message with much of his music available for digital download on iTunes.

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