At Digitize us, we show appreciation for business owners and cultural expression from entrepreneurs in Atlanta. We examined three business owners who operate in the North Dekalb Mall located at 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, GA 30033. The interviewees are Ms. Mercy of the African Art and Design Gallery, Mr. James Horton, Curator of the Sights and Sounds Black Cultural Expo Museum, and the Corretta Scott King Award winning illustrator, Mr. Gregory Christie.
Mr. Gregory Christie (from New Jersey) discusses his artistic journey that led to his creation of the Kwanzaa Stamp for United States Postal Service. Many of his other accolades include; The Caldecott Honor- New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year for “Freedom in Congo Square”, The Coretta Scott King Award, NAACP Image Award for “Our Children Can Soar”, and the Horn Book Award by the Boston Globe. Mr. Christie provides affordable art classes to adults and children during normal mall hours.
Mr. James Horton is the curator and founder of the Sights and Sounds Cultural Expo Museum. The collection of historic artifacts includes a scope that covers the time periods of the early 1900’s to the present. The museum explores the African-American experience of the past while hosting monthly cultural events for the community. The museum is free of charge and is open during regular mall hours, 9am – 9 pm every day.
Ms. Mercy is from Ghana and currently serves as the owner operator of the African Art and Design Gallery in North Dekalb mall. She discussed the challenges of importing African prints from Ghana, the joy she receives from explaining the meanings of the artistic prints that she sells, as well as how she began the shop.
Our appreciation for business owners and cultural expression from entrepreneurs in Atlanta will continue next week with the documentation of the 50th commemoration of the Poor People’s Campaign in Selma.