Word: Colorful speeches

It’s not spoken about much, but there are concerns that we will lose, as African-Americans, our political base, which has largely been the city of Atlanta for major leadership within the state.

— Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, speaking on June 1 at a symposium on income disparity in cities at The New School in New York

The efforts of Martin and Coretta King, Hosea Williams, Maynard Jackson and many others will be lost.

— Franklin, in a radio ad last fall supporting John Eaves, a black Democratic candidate for Fulton County Commission Chairman

If you think fighting off dogs and water hoses in the ’60s was bad, imagine if we sit idly by and let the right-wing Republicans take control of the Fulton County Commission.

— Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the same ad. Eaves won.