I think these cuts ... will have serious implications for the city for a long time to comeAtlanta mayor cuts 53 police jobs Jul 12, 2008
The pandas have given us a chance to learn more about China, their environment and our environmentAtlanta wants to keep pandas for cheaper Sep 10, 2007
We were really just trying to get a sense of whether this was something people would be interested inAtlanta considers civil rights museum Dec 24, 2005
We can move from campaigning and the campaign and move on to the issues of governanceAtlanta elects first woman mayor Nov 13, 2001
Shirley Clarke Franklin (born May 10, 1945) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and, since January 7, 2002, the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. The 58th mayor of Atlanta, she was the first female to hold the post and became the first black woman to be elected mayor of any major Southern city. Franklin is the fourth black mayor of Atlanta, the latest in a line of African American mayors that stretches back to 1974. Mayor Franklin has been appointed to an ad hoc Department of Homeland Security special task force along with Frances Townsend and Judge William H. Webster for 60-day review of the Homeland Security Advisory System as of mid July 2009.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Franklin received her B.A. in sociology from Howard University and her M.A., also in sociology, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Franklin served as the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Maynard Jackson. Subsequently, she was named Chief Administrative Officer and City Manager under Mayor Andrew Young.