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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.

Master Sergeant Andrew Keene of the Georgia Army National Guard

It was unseasonably cold when I saw Master Sergeant Andrew Keene of the Georgia Army National Guard... 

Mountain Twisters

"I hope your hair curls naturally, does it? Yes, darling, with a little help from others.” 

Take Care of the Mountain, and the Mountain Takes Care of You

Brothers Bill and Bob Mayer have been climbing Stone Mountain for the past four decades. 

"The Mountain is My Mother"

Karuna Kristjanson, originally from Mizoram, India, is a licensed clinical social worker and runs Red Lotus Recovery for recovering addicts. 

A Constellation of Esses

There's still stardust on my shoes from the early morning trek... 

Sermon on the Mount

“The Staff of God!” I playfully declared when I spotted Father Greg Kenny, 82, heading up Stone Mountain this morning with a walking stick. 

Pon from Cambodia

Ponlen Kang an immigrant from Cambodia, doesn't travel abroad, because he worries he won't be let back into the U.S. if he does.... 

Menachem and Tzemach

Just before sunset tonight I met two young Lubavitcher Jews, Menachem and Tzemach, who's visiting from Chicago. 

Go Sign it On the Mountain

With twenty minutes to spare before sunset last night, I saw a bearded man in a kilt starting up the walk-up trail at Stone Mountain. Of course I had to chat him up... 

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