Bosses Are You Checking On Your Communities And Leaders?

Neighbors, what’s going on in your neighborhoods, city, state, and government? Are you communicating with and telling your leaders what you want? Well, that is your job if you are not managing your elected hires then you are not doing your job as CITIZEN. Why would you hire someone and not manage them? Atlanta’s leaders have been working hard to dismantle Maynard Jackson’s Neighborhood Planning Units for over 20 years. NPUs give residents power and community wealth.

The original NPU Profile and Plan, for Black Community Wealth,

The first published NPU Plan for Atlanta was published by Former mayor, Maynard H. Jackson.

The selfish, careless, and typically unqualified leaders are spending their time attempting to dissolve NPUs while we pay them a handsome salary to do so. The problem is ours the citizens, we hire – elect candidates and then we do not reach out and tell them what we want. What manager hires an employee and does not train and manage them? Let’s be better managers of the people we hire – elect to represent and lead us. Good leaders know their constituencies and work alongside them to create change. If your leaders do not plan and implement with you they are not doing their job and you should replace them, asap with someone who will.

Check on your community, find out what’s going on, and what community planning is taking place, and participate, volunteer, and attend city council meetings in person or online or play a recent recording of a meeting. It only takes 90 Minutes A Month to check on your leaders to see that they are working on your behalf and see what you can do to move the needle forward. To find your local, state, and government representatives, Google and reach out to them, with your concerns and wants for your community, city, state, and country it is your right and responsibility as a citizen and as a BOSS.

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Meet John Calhoun, Mayor Jacksons Partner in Creating Neighborhood Planning Units.

Atlanta Councilman & Civil Rights Activist John Calhoun Receives Award from Maynard Jackson 5/28/81

John H. Calhoun Jr. was a businessman, community leader, civil rights activist, and political organizer. He dedicated much of his life to politics, business, community, and economic development. Calhoun was born on July 8, 1889, in Greenville, South Carolina. He began working at the age of twelve as an apprentice to a blacksmith. Calhoun was a lifetime student. He graduated from high school at Hampton Institute in Virginia, 1922 at the age of 23. Calhoun received a B.A. Degree from Morehouse College in 1937 at the age of 38 and received an M.B.A. from Atlanta University in 1968 at the age of 69.

In 1934, Calhoun moved to Atlanta and for the next thirty years became affectionately known by many in Atlanta as “Your Man in Community Action”. Calhoun’s civil rights work began as early as 1923 while working at the United States Veteran’s Hospital at Tuskegee as a bookkeeper resulting in many threats from the Klu Klux Klan. In 1949, he and several others formed the Atlanta Negro Voters Leagues and served with the Statewide Registration Committee. In 1956, he became president of the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP where he was arrested for refusing to release membership records. He set up a network of neighborhood organizations such as Economic Opportunity Atlanta in 1965, and later, Model Cities in 1974.

Calhoun was very passionate about politics and was an active member of the Republican Party. In 1974, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council where he presented a resolution to form the Neighborhood Planning Unit System. As a member, he introduced this same idea to the Atlanta Charter Commission and the Atlanta Regional Commission. Calhoun was also very passionate about his volunteer activities. He worked with the Butler Street YMCA for over fifty years, participated in civic affairs in the Grant Park area, was an active member of the Atlanta Business League, and served as a Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent of Big Bethel AME Church.
John Calhoun died May 6, 1988, of respiratory failure at his home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Story retrieved from Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
Archives Research Center, January 25, 2023.

I was stunned to see so many community clinics and mental health facilities that have closed in metropolitan Atlanta since this printing.

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