Blackity Black History Month: ATL Icon Tamieka Atkins
"There’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure our voices are heard at the highest levels in Georgia."
— Tamieka Atkins on the need to increase representation among Georgia’s elected officials
Tamieka Atkins is the executive director of ProGeorgia, a nonpartisan voter engagement advocacy organization. In the follow-up to the 2020 presidential election, publications such as The Hill and Time identified Atkins as a key activist responsible for increasing minority voter turnout in Georgia, along with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Atkins founded the Atlanta chapter of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and sat on the board of Atlanta Jobs with Justice, both of which are now part of the ProGeorgia coalition. She also worked as a board liaison at Amnesty International USA. Atkins has a bachelor’s degree in multicultural literature from Hunter College. As a student, she organized anti-law enforcement and anti-military protests.
ABOUT BLACKITY BLACK HISTORY MONTH @ 85 NORTH
Each day this month, we'll be sharing wise words from Black Atlanta icons — some who are household names and some who you may not know. Atlanta history IS Black history, and this is our way of sharing it.