A Justice System Made Up Of Black Girl Magic
Talk about Black Girl Magic! From the judge to the county clerk, South Fulton, Georgia's entire justice system is made up of Black women.
According to The Atlanta Voice, "As America waits to see if Georgia will make history by electing the first African American woman governor in the country this November, African American women in one of Georgia’s newest cities are already making U.S. history.
When LaDawn "LBJ" Jones, city solicitor walked into her first meeting with the city's municipal court staff, she could hardly believe her eyes. Everyone sitting around the table looked like her.... something she hadn't seen in her legal career.
Jones told CNN:
I walked into a very small conference room, and I noticed that it was all black women. I kind of got that feeling of 'this is nice -- this is exciting.
South Fulton, an Atlanta suburb and one of Georgia's newest cities, boasts a population of about 95,000 and has the distinction of being perhaps the first city in the nation to have its criminal justice system led entirely by black women:
- Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers
- interim Police Chief Sheila Rogers
- solicitor LaDawn "LBJ" Jones
- public defender Viveca Famber Powell
- court administrator Lakesiya Cofield
- chief court clerk Ramona Howard
- court clerk Tiffany Kinslow
- court clerk Kerry Stephens
I would say this is a step in the right direction of healing a very strained relationship between Black America and the justice system. I would love to be a fly on the wall at meetings. Heck, I'd love to sit around the table with such greatness and experience a day in the life of South Fulton's finest. I love Black Girl Magic.