Charlotte Spears

Grady Alumni weigh in on possible name change

We should be proud of Henry Grady and his namesake

William Hedgepeth, Former senior editor for LOOK magazine as well as a former editor at other national and international publications

Dear friends and fellow Grady-ites. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be writing once again for The Southerner for the first time since I was a humor columnist back in 1959 — or what is now considered prehistoric times — before graduating to national and international publications. But my subject today is far from humorous, for it seriously involves us all: the name by which our school...

Grady must “usher in a new legacy”

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Grady High School’s name honors an important man in Atlanta history

Carol Carter, Founding staff member and former editor of Atlanta Business Chronicle

How easy it is to type something into Google and find answers quickly. How easy it is to slap a label on someone and watch it be repeated until it becomes “fact,” whether or not it is really a fact? How easy it is to subscribe to conspiracy theories without ever doing the research to find the truth? For more than a century, the great orator, editor and progressive champion of all things Atlanta,...

Grady must change its name if it wants to represent the community

“The supremacy of the white race of the South must be maintained forever and the domination of the negro race resisted at all points and at all hazards — because the White race is the superior race . . .” -Henry W. Grady (1888) These are among the first words I read while conducting research on my high school’s namesake in 2003. I wanted the name to change right then, and I regret not making...

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