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The World Comes to Stone Mountain, Summit of a New South


Fifty-one years after Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed, “Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia,” a diverse community thrives atop Stone Mountain, a mountain still considered emblematic of Old South racism by some. This website humbly attempts to illustrate freedom ringing at last and celebrates all of the new faces that are reclaiming the mountain.

Sherman's March North

Sherman Elliott, III, of East Atlanta, is about to hike the Appalachian Trail in March 2015, and has been doing a lot of training... 
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“Movin’ Through Kashmir”

Mehran and Zuhaib are cousins from Kashmir, currently studying computer science at New York Tech, and they have been in the U.S. for eight years. 
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Scattered, Smothered, and Collared

"Scattered, Smothered, & Collared" is actually part of a larger piece about Jen here and her best friend Christina... 
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United Colors

Too funny, here we were outside, and these two had met in Outdoor Education class at Spelman College, where Ryoko is an exchange student from Kanagawa, Japan. 
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Beyond the Thunderdome

When I asked bare-footed and shirtless Bruce, 62, why he recycles when he’s walking at Stone Mountain, he said, “I don’t do it... 
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Luci Recalls Hiding Jews from the Nazis

Yesterday at Stone Mountain, I met mountain regular, Luci, a 74 year-old Snellville resident and retired pediatric... 
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Marlon's Mountain Chains

Marlon from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has lived in the U.S. for exactly half of his life, and the auto parts store manager has a unique weight loss plan... 
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Miles from Mount Agou

The highest mountain is Togo is Mount Agou, but Poker (pronounced: pok-eh) Kangi, wearing a “2004 American All-Stars” T-shirt, has never climbed it... 
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Mountain Muslims

"I can tell absolutely nothing about you but that you're Muslim," I said to Sakeenah, her 3 year-old daughter Amatullah by her side. 
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Esther is a Star

Esther, 21, of Lancaster, PA, is a member of one of the Plain people groups and had never been to Stone Mountain before. 
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Time to Fly New Flags

When I stopped to talk with James Allen, 65, about the gorgeous mountain view today, it occurred to me that he might very well be sitting...  
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Liang Xio Quiang

Michael Liang (Liang Xio Quiang) from Shenzhen, China, is an executive with Newell Rubbermaid, headquarted in Atlanta. 
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WWOOFer on the Mountain

It was along the Appalachian Trail where, Elijah, 21, from Vero Beach, FL learned about WWOOFing... 
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When Rachael Met Jordan

When I went slightly off the trail looking for deer, I stumbled upon Rachael and Jordan in what the two twentysomethings would later describe... 
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