Welcome back! This week I give a heads up on some cool places to check out this upcoming 4th of July weekend along with a few people doing some phenomenal things in Atlanta. ENJOY!
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Many know him as the original Dirty Bird, running through and around helpless NFL defenders in the original days of the Georgia Dome, long before Mike Vick or Matt Ryan roamed the sidelines. Others may know him from his tv and radio appearances on ESPN and 790 The Zone. However you may know him, he is WHO 2 KNOW. After his record setting collegiate career at the University of Utah, Jamal became one of the NFL's most dominating running backs leading the Atlanta Falcons to their lone Super Bowl in 1998. After his playing career was cut short by injury, Jamal made a seamless transition to television becoming a regular on ESPN's Emmy winning studio show NFL Sunday Countdown. In addition to his television commitments and radio hosting duties, Jamal is a devoted father and avid philanthropist giving of his time to numerous causes benefiting the youth in both Atlanta and abroad. To keep up with Jamal Anderson follow him on twitter and check out his website at the link below.
Doug Shipman is the CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership. Established in February 2007 the Partnership was formed, under the leadership of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, in order to undertake pre-development activities related to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Center's mission is to explore the universal search for a secure human existence, in a way that inspires vigilance and leadership among future generations. In addition, the Center will highlight Georgia's well known history and people, and will show how Georgia institutions and people have impacted the world, and fostered other movements and activities. To learn more about the Center for Civil and Human Rights Partnership check out the link below.
WHERE 2 GO
JJ's RIB SHACK
It's 4th of July and I will be out perusing for the best ribs in town. While I'm on the south side, I will stop over at JJ's Rib Shack, an Atlanta staple for over 25 years. The ribs and fresh veggies are so good, you may find yourself licking your fingers wishing you had another pan on hand. (FYI, the meats are sold by the pan) It's a holiday so expect long wait times, or call ahead and place a large order that you can pick up on the 4th. To check out their prices, menu and location, check out the link below.
If you are in the Midtown/Buckhead area make sure to check out Fat Matt's, an Atlanta favorite since 1990. They feature great BBQ, live blues nightly and a casual setting for the whole family to enjoy. The atmosphere in Fat Matt's is second to none with the smell of fresh BBQ and the friendly waitstaff, but again it's the 4th of July so expect long waits, but don't fret, the live music will make the time fly by. By the way, make sure to order a side of Rum-baked beans, you won't be sorry. To check out the rest of the menu and get directions to Fat Matt's check out the link below.
PEACHTREE ROAD RACE
On July 4, 1970, 110 runners gathered at the old Sears parking lot on the corner of Peachtree and Roswell Road. The group, now known as the "Original 110,"Ã‚Â ran 6.2 miles through Atlanta to Central City Park in what would go down in history as the inaugural Peachtree Road Race. 41 years later the tradition is alive and strong. This year's Peachtree Road Race will feature 60,000 runners, entered through and online lottery system, the highest number total ever after the runner cap was raised for the first time since 1998. In addition to the 60,000 runners, the Peachtree Road Race lines Peachtree St. with over 110,000 spectators, making it the world's largest 10K. So, before you get out an enjoy the bbqs and parties, head down and experience a 4th of July Atlanta tradition and make sure you email or twitpic me pics of your view of the race and I will feature them on the blog.