Situated in the heart of the West End, Busy Bee Cafe is an Atlanta institution. Founded in 1947 by Lucy Jackson, the small soul food restaurant was once where Martin Luther King Jr and other members of the SCLC gathered to strategize and eat during the Civil Rights Movement. Some of its other famous diners include President Obama and Outkast. Now run by restaurateur and chef Tracy Gates, celebrity sightings aren’t the only reason the restaurant stays packed—it’s the signature fried chicken.
With the stakes higher than ever, I watched with the entire nation as Georgia went blue for the second time. I’ve never been so proud to call you my home. It’s been a long time coming. According to everything you’ve been told, it was never going to happen. Do you remember when they said it couldn’t be done? I do. I was devastated after Stacey Abrams lost her gubernatorial race. Remember when former President Trump disparaged you and John Lewis on Twitter. (Former! I like the way that sounds!) Well, I took that personally and apparently, you did too!
Whether it’s your iconic music scene, spectacular restaurants or your somewhat controversial "Real Housewives," Atlanta, you have always been in the forefront of popular culture. But this time, you showed the nation your political power. Despite the unprecedented challenges we faced in 2020, you showed up. When faced with voter suppression, you still showed up. You not only showed up, you showed out! Your resilience is inspiring. Your clap backs are legendary. I remember when you took to the streets to protest police brutality last summer. Oh, then there was your women’s basketball team bucking their boss, showing the country how to get into “good trouble.” You have always strived for progress, no matter the cost.
Atlanta, we've been through a lot together, and we haven’t always seen eye to eye on some things. (Can we discuss your horrendous traffic?) But your beauty lies in your relentenesses, strength and rich history. From your HBCUs to the dedicated grassroots organization, you are the epitome of Black excellence. Now, I must admit, I’ve strayed to other cities. But you’ve got a hold on me, Atlanta. You’re a part of who I am and I wouldn't have it any other way.