Daily Archives: October 22, 2010

A Conversation – Women of Courage and Conviction Who Changed the Law

Rosalind Newell, Marva Brooks and O.V. Brantley

I have always felt very proud and fortunate to have been mentored by Marva Jones Brooks, the first female and the first African American City Attorney for the City of Atlanta . Marva hired me  in 1983 at the City of Atlanta Law Department, and working for her shaped the rest of my life. Marva is a brilliant lawyer filled with grace. As I navigated my career in the political arena, I was often guided by the single thought of  “what would Marva do?”

So when I learned that she was going to be one of three panelists on a program at Spelman College  sponsored by the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys  and  Former Mayor Shirley Franklin, I knew I could not miss it. Mayor Franklin, who moderated the discussion,  rightly named the program A Conversation — Women of Courage and Conviction Who Changed the Law.  It was a fabulously inspiring night.

Marva spoke about her pioneering work with Mayor Maynard Jackson in the area of female and minority contracting. Her work made a difference in the lives of so many people in Atlanta and around the nation. Aside from the wonderful program, I saw so many old friends from my City of Atlanta days.

I hope you are lucky enough to have a wonderful mentor. If not, find one!

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