NEWS BRIEF: Virtual discussion on confederate symbols set

A past to avoid

Confederate Statue
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The Southern Poverty Law Center and the City of Atlanta are presenting a virtual roundtable on confederate symbols this week. Hosted by activist artist Lisa Tuttle, the event “Public Art and the Politics of Remembering Georgia's Confederate Past” takes place on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. A press release said the panel will discuss “the intersections of art and activism, the legacy of Stone Mountain, debunking revisionist history, and how Georgia can continue (removing) the state’s confederate symbols.” Tuttle will be joined by the SPLC's Chief of Staff Lecia Brooks, SPLC researcher Kimberly Probolus, Georgia State House Representative Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) and other advocates “working to remove, rename and recontextualize confederate symbols of white supremacy in our state.” splcenter-org