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Kwanza Hall’s Big Announcement

Your AM Rundown: Plus, don’t miss the recap of our inaugural launch event

Kwanza Hall talking to crowd
Kwanza Hall announced his plans to run for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

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Here is Your AM Rundown with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. Here’s what to know for today:

  • Kwanza Hall announced his plans to run for lieutenant governor of Georgia. The former city councilman, mayoral candidate, and congressman just launched his campaign website. Current Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan has said he will not seek another term. 
  • Did you know Atlanta is No. 2 when it comes to the best cities for Black professionals? That’s according to a new study from Apartment List. Atlanta trails only Washington D.C. and ranks ahead of the Texas trio, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas.
  • Mayor Andre Dickens has eased up on a few emergency COVID-19 restrictions in the city. Mainly, the indoor mask mandate has been lifted. However, masks are still required at public meetings and programs in city facilities. Per the release, 55% of Atlanta residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additionally, 76% of city employees are vaccinated with efforts in place to increase that number.
  • The “Save Girls Sports Act” passed in the Georgia Senate. The bill would ban transgender athletes from playing on sports teams that correspond with their gender identity. Senate Bill 435 passed along party lines in a 34-22 vote. The legislation is now headed for a House vote.

ICYMI: Didn’t get a chance to catch our launch event, The Power of Black Stories? You can watch it on our YouTube channel or read the full recaps for Day 1 and Day 2 on our site.