NCJW Goes To The Austin Jewish BookFest
Date(s) - Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Join NCJW Austin at the Austin Jewish BookFest on Sunday, October 29th at 6:30pm. Sam Massell, the first Jewish Mayor of Atlanta, will discuss the book about his life, Play It Again Sam: The Notable Life of Sam Massell, Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor. NCJW is proud to co-sponsor this event at the JCC with Shalom Austin.
Charles McNair is the author, but Sam Massell is the hero of this book and our speaker. At 90 years old, Sam Massell could easily be called one of the most influential founding fathers of modern Atlanta. He began as a self-described “dead-end kid”, then excelled in four careers -20 years in commercial real estate, 22 years in elected offices, 13 years in the tourism industry, and is now in his 30th year of association management. In 1969, Massell was elected the first Jewish mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. He changed Atlanta’s city elections to nonpartisan, allowed Muhammad Ali to fight when 50 other cities rejected the fight, established Metro Atlanta’s mass transit system (MARTA), appointed the first woman to the City Council, and developed the Omni, Atlanta’s first enclosed arena. McNair, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, covers each part of Sam’s life in a separate chapter.
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