Two Henry County Residents Win Ogden Award
On Friday Mar. 16, Clayton State University's Civic Engagement Council and the New York Times sponsored the Fourth Annual Civic Engagement Research Conference at the National Archives at Atlanta.
More than 70 people attended the conference this year, which was once again highlighted by the presentation of the annual Ogden First Amendment Award. This year’s first place winner was Corinna Hills from Stockbridge, Ga., with an essay titled “Graffiti of the Internet.” Kayla Rice, from McDonough, Ga., won second place.
The Fifth Annual Ogden First Amendment Essay Contest is named in memory of James H. Ogden, Jr., late husband of Clayton State business professor Dr. Judith Ogden, and a lifelong supporter of First Amendment rights.
The Conference’s keynote speakers, Ben Speight, organizing director of Teamster's local 728, and Tim Franzen and Shab Bashiri from Occupy Atlanta, addressed S.B. 469. This is a Georgia Senate bill that limits protest, a bill which has united the Tea Party, Occupy Atlanta, and unions, among others, in opposition. Presentations at the conference were made by graduate and undergraduate students on various aspects of civic engagement as well.