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Community water drive aids Flint, Mich.

DeKalb residents and community leaders opened their hearts on Feb. 6 to donate more than 1,500 individual 16 ounce bottles and 300 cases for a total of 8,700 bottles of water for the people of Flint, Michigan who are struggling with a water crisis.

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Discover origins of drumming

Artist and musician Akinlana Lowman will speak about the history of African drumming on Feb. 20 at Flat Shoals Library in Decatur.

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Storyteller explores lives of historical figures

Storyteller Jerry G. White will bring to life peanut farmer and inventor George Washington Carver and a host of other noted African-Americans on Feb. 13 at the Decatur Library.

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Films capture struggles

Will Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” and “Selma, Lord, Selma” will be screened at DeKalb Library branches for Black History Month.

Memories’ in photos

Vintage photos of African-Americans living on LaVista Road between the 1920s and 1980s will be on display in a Black History Month exhibit at Mount Zion AME Church in Decatur.

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Revisit ‘Freedom Riders’

The TV documentary “Freedom Riders” will be screened on Feb. 9 at the Hairston Crossing Library in Stone Mountain.

Civil and human rights discussion

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will discuss its role in protecting the rights of all people around the globe on Feb. 6 at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library in Decatur.

Emory dialogue on heritage, symbols

Historians will discuss the connections among Black History, Southern history and the politics of commemoration at a Feb. 25 symposium at Emory University.

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Valentine’s weekend at state parks

Share the love of nature with the ones you love at Georgia state parks on Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Interim CEO May will not run for office

Lee May, who was appointed interim CEO of DeKalb County by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2013, announced on Feb. 5 that he will not run for election and will step down at the end of his term on Dec. 31.

Register for SBA Emerging Leaders

Applications are being accepted through March 4 for the Small Business Administration’s free Emerging Leaders program.

MARTA CEO addresses Chamber

Keith Parker, MARTA general manager and CEO, keynotes the 78th Annual Meeting & Business Luncheon of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 18

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Georgia Free File programs available for eligible taxpayers

Eligible Georgia residents can use IRS and Georgia Free File programs to save money and time during this tax season.

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Musicians honor ‘Unforgettable African Roots’

Still Waters Youth Sinfo-Nia Orchestra will celebrate “Unforgettable African Roots” in its 26th Annual Black History Concert on Feb. 21 in Atlanta.

Travel-related case of Zika virus disease confirmed in state

The first travel-related case of Zika virus in Georgia has been confirmed.

Town hall meetings on childhood vaccines

Environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr.; Michelle Ford, founder of the Vaccine Injury Awareness League; and Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad are guest speakers at town hall meetings in Decatur and Atlanta on childhood vaccinations, autism and the CDC.

Update on DeKalb health

Teen pregnancy and youth smoking rates have declined in DeKalb over the past five years, but gun-related hospitalizations and homicides and women’s coronary health remain challenges.

Emory gets $9.7 million for drug development aimed at viral threats

Emory University has been awarded a $9.7 million contract to develop drugs to treat infections caused by emerging and man-made viral threats.

Observance marks 40 years

Forty years ago this month, the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History Inc. designated February as Black History Month to spotlight African-American culture, heritage and achievements.

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DeKalb’s football Signing Day class totals 75

Seventy-five of DeKalb County’s best high school senior football players announced on Feb. 3 where they will continue their educational and athletic careers.

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