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Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Passing of Ralph David Abernathy III

Post Date:03/17/2016 6:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell


News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Statement on the Passing of Ralph David Abernathy III

ATLANTA –  “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ralph David Abernathy III. 

Mr. Abernathy’s father, Ralph David Abernathy, Jr., was one of Atlanta’s most esteemed and impactful residents. His work alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others in the fight for civil rights and equality improved life in Atlanta and the United States of America immeasurably. Ralph David Abernathy III carried on that legacy by serving the residents of Atlanta in the Georgia State Senate. 

He was known for his personal motto, ‘if the elevator to success is broken, take the stairs.’ His work ethic and his commitment to the ideals of his father meant he could not sit idly by when confronted with injustice, and he worked tirelessly throughout his career to protect children and strengthen families. 

 On behalf of all the residents of the City of Atlanta, I extend my deepest condolences to the Abernathy family.”


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