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In Atlanta, Two Churches Lie in New Stadium’s Path

posted on April 24, 2013

Two historically prominent black churches, the Friendship Baptist Church and Mount Vernon Baptist, stand in the way of a billion-dollar project to build a new Atlanta Falcons football stadium, reports Kim Severson of The New York Times. If the churches agree to move, the new stadium could “re-energize the core of a city that has long considered itself the glittering capital city of the South,” Severson writes. However, opponents like Juanita Jones Abernathy, the widow of the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, a close associate of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., commented, “You’re going to disrupt two churches, two houses of worship and prayer, for someone to play ball? It doesn’t make sense.”  

Read at The New York Times