May 19, 2013 9:38 am by: John Hanson
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Honorable Shirley Clarke Franklin. The former two-term Mayor of Atlanta joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values in 2013. The 58th Mayor of Atlanta, she served from 2002 to 2010. She was the first female to hold the post and became the first African American woman to lead a major city in the South.
In 1978, she began her public service career when she served as the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. She was later appointed as the nation’s first woman Chief Administrative Officer or City Manager, where she was responsible for the daily operations of a city with nearly 8,000 employees.
In 1991, Franklin joined the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as the top ranking female executive, serving as senior vice-president for external relations. In this position she was instrumental in the development of the Centennial Olympic Park and served as ACOG’s primary liaison with labor unions, civil rights groups, neighborhood and community organizations, and environmentalists.
In 2004, Franklin was named Governing magazine’s Public Official of the Year. In 2005, TIME magazine named her one of the top five mayors in the country and U.S. News and World Report named her one of “America’s Best Leaders”. Esquire Magazine named her one of the best and brightest and American City and County Magazine named her Municipal Leader of the Year. Also the same year, she received the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In 2006, she was honored with the Southern Institute for Business and Professional Ethics’ Ethics Advocate Award. In 2007, Newsweek Magazine named her one of the women to watch in their Women & Power issue.
Franklin also serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Built Communities and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
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