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Oral History- 2020 to present
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Some of the following presentations contain language that may be considered offensive; but solely in the interest of historic preservation, the DeKalb History Center has transcribed each presentation as accurately as possible. Otherwise, the presentations and remarks therein are in no way a reflection of the mission and values of the DeKalb History Center, its employees, and its agents. DeKalb History Center holds no responsibility regarding the accuracy of the information presented, told from individual memories and experiences.
2021.13 Porter Road Community, May 2021
2021.23 Pyng Ho Chinese restaurant, Pt 1; Pyng Ho, Pt 2; Pyng Ho audio, Pt 1, Pyng Ho audio, Pt 2, Clairmont Rd, Decatur, September 2021-Chinese restaurant in Decatur that has been owned and operated by the Jou family since 1979 and specializes in traditional Chinese and jungguk yori dishes. Interview also discusses the history of popular Chinese and Korean dishes and building a restaurant in Decatur.
2021.24 Wyatt’s BBQ; Wyatt’s BBQ audio, Kirkwood, September 2021-Famous Atlanta restaurant that serves country BBQ off of Memorial Drive in Kirkwood. Family run business started by Oscar Wyatt Jr, serving soul food, country classics, and barbecue.
2021.28 Wats Crackin’ Garlic Crab; Wats Crackin’ audio, Candler Rd, Decatur, September 2021– Seafood restaurant on Candler Road in Decatur that specializes in Seafood and Garlic Crab. Wats Crackin has gone viral on social media. Founded by Keisha Allen and her sister in 2015.
2021.38 Armando Selem, December 2021– born in Cuba, Miami as a child; attended Moreland Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary, and Briarcliff High School; baseball
2021.39 Edna Lowe Swift, December 2021– first Black graduate of Agnes Scott College, 1971; Spanish teacher and time in Spain; attended E.R. Carter Elementary and Booker T. Washington High School; Delta Sigma Theta; Dr. Wallace M., president of Alston of Agnes Scott
2022.05 Judge Gregory A. Adams, February 2022– grew up in Kirkwood; presently serving as Superior Court judge; Juvenile Court judge for 10 years, prosecutor for DeKalb County, first DeKalb County judge to have a building named in his honor; first African American Jurist to have portrait displayed in a DeKalb County building; served on a Georgia Supreme Court case by designation
2022.07Jayida Che Herbal Tea Spot, Jayida Che Audio March 2022– Tea shop, founded by Aleathia Shakir Saleem and Mariah Shakir Mitchell that is located in the Historic Decatur Muslim community. Interview discusses the origin of the tea shop, blending tea, and growing up in the Decatur Muslim community. Civil rights movement and tea houses.
2022.10 Springreens; Springreens audio- Founded by Muhammad Jihad in 2018 that serves healthy soul food. Specializing in halal, kosher, and vegetarian food. Grew up in the Decatur Muslim Community and attended Muhammad School of Atlanta. Discusses Ramadan during Covid with their “drive thru iftar”. Chef and mother, Jamilah Jihad grew up in the Kirkwood, influenced by her Grandmother who had a restaurant in Cabbagetown.
2022.13 Imam Emeritus Plemon El-Amin; Imam Emeritus Plemon El-Amin audio, April 2022 – Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. Interview discusses history of the Muslim Community of Atlanta, the history of the Masjid of Al-Islam , growing up in Atlanta, attending Booker T Washington High School and the African American Experience at Harvard University.
2022.18 Safiyyah Shahid; Safiyyah Shahid audio, April 2022– Longtime Muhammad School teacher and former principal, longtime Atlanta resident. Attended Spelman College, was the babysitter for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King. Ebenezer Baptist Church, Grady Hospital, Grady Homes.