Category Archives: Activism

Trail of Tears Meeting in Canton, GA

The September 9, 2017 meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (GA TOTA) will be held at 10:30 am at the Sequoyah Regional Library in Canton, GA. Our speaker will be Michael Hitt and the topic will be “Cherokee Lands Along the Chattahoochee”.  Mr. Hitt is a former law enforcement officer and currently serves as historian for the Roswell Preservation Commission. He offers historical tours of the Roswell area. In addition to his research into Native American sites in the Roswell area, he is an avid Civil War history buff.

The Sequoyah Regional Library is located at 116 Brown Industrial Parkway in Canton, GA. The telephone number of the library is 770-479-3090.

The Trail of Tears Association was created to support the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail established by an act of Congress in 1987. The TOTA is dedicated to identifying and preserving sites associated with the removal of Native Americans from the Southeast. The Association consists of nine state chapters representing the nine states that the Cherokee and other tribes traveled through on their way to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

Our meetings are free and open to the public. You need not have Native American ancestry to attend our meetings, just an interest and desire to learn more about this fascinating and tragic period in our country’s history. For more information about the TOTA, visit the National TOTA website at  and the Georgia Chapter website at For further information about the September meeting, contact Tony Harris at

Toiletry Drive Supports Homeless Vets Across Georgia

The sixth annual Stand Up for Stand Down toiletry drive for Georgia’s homeless Veterans kicks off May 29 (Memorial Day) through August 11.

Sponsored by the Georgia District Pilot International Clubs and Georgia Cancer Specialists, affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, the drive collects much-needed toiletry and personal care items to fill “comfort bags” for Veterans who attend Stand Down events throughout North and Central Georgia.

“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation. Each year, Stand Down events across the country provide health care and other services to help thousands of homeless Veterans get back on their feet. The 2016 Stand Up for Stand Down drive collected more than 10 thousand pounds of toiletry items to fill more than 2,000 comfort bags for homeless vets in Georgia.

Travel/sample-size toiletry and personal care items are needed including toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer, combs/brushes, body wash/soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion and feminine products. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 26 Georgia Cancer Specialists locations in Georgia. For a list of locations, visit

For more information about the Stand Up for Stand Down drive or to volunteer sorting, call 770-864-5347 or visit

Reinhardt University Community Sends More Than 7,000 Books to Nigeria in Yearlong Effort

Reinhardt students, faculty and staff have done it again, sending much-needed educational materials to Nigeria as part of AfrikaREADS.

Books to Nigeria
John “Little John” Padgett loads pallets of books onto a truck on the donations’ first leg to Nigeria.

AfrikaREADS is an international outreach program spearheaded by Reinhardt’s African Descendants Student Association (ADSA). It began five years ago with a donation to Ondo State University in Nigeria. The program, led by the ADSA and faculty member Tunji Adesan, has grown with this year’s donation of more than 7,000 books to multiple African universities.

“The Eagle has done it again. We are flying higher,” Adesan said. “The donated books are on their way to Nigeria. Thank you so much for all your donations, support and all your help. We could not have done it without you.”

The 14 pallets of books will be donated to a public college, the University of Ilorin in Nigeria, which Adesan was able to visit in June 2016. Books also are being donated to two private universities in Nigeria – Crownhill University and Afe Babalola University.

Key donors in the effort include the University’s Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center, Reinhardt football players, Missy Dayoub and the physical plant staff, and the Student Government Association.

“We also want to thank the maintenance crew for all their help in picking up the books, as well as providing a space for us to store the books. A big shout out to the Reinhardt University library for all the wonderful books and support they have offered toward this project over the years,” Adesan said.

This year’s project began earlier in the academic year, and Adesan said Pickens High School, Chattahoochee Technical College and community members were among the donors for the project.

This effort of service, like many others at Reinhardt University, is part of the institution’s overall mission to educate the whole person by developing the intellectual, personal, vocational, spiritual and physical dimensions of its students. Through the values of faith, learning and leading at Reinhardt, students are able to learn qualities that enable them to be well-rounded individuals, including volunteering for service projects outside the classroom.