• Stephanie Heath

ADL In Concert Against Hate raises nearly Half-a-Million Dollars

(Atlanta, GA 11/19/2019) ADL In Concert Against Hate was hosted Thursday, November 14th at the Coca-Cola Roxy. The concert involved Killer Mike as the emcee for the charity event, along with performances from the Atlanta Drum Academy, Atlanta Public Schools, Mereba and lastly, Galactic featuring Angelika 'Jelly' Joseph as the headliner act.

Killer Mike

Killer Mike is most notoriously known for being one of the members of Run The Jewels, along with fellow social and political activist EL-P. Mike expressed how being a part of this event hit home for himself mainly due to the relentless efforts the city of Atlanta has put in to reduce acts of hate for races, religions and sexual preferences.

Prior to the talent and entertainment, select speakers came up to talk about the intention of the Anti-Defamation League of the Southeast, (ADL) and how to make an impact by simply texting 'HATEFREEGA' to 52886 to sign the online petition along with an option to contribute a donation to the cause.

The concert kicks off with the Atlanta Drum Academy--boys and girls of all ages playing a cohesive and rhythmic score in front of hundreds of people. Select students had drum solos while others were grooving to their choreographed routine. Afterwards a rock band from North Atlanta High School rocks the night out with a couple of songs, one original tune and a cover from Fleetwood Mac. Mays High School had a full-band performance with a cellist, violinist, horn section, guitars, keys, drums and back-up vocalists along with a strong lead singer. The crowd was in awe of these young, talented high school students who choose to use creative outlets to express themselves.

Atlanta Drum Academy

As the night goes on Dr. Meria Carstaphen, Superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, proudly introduces Washington High School, and their 'Bad to the Bone' dance crew. Carstaphen joins in on the choreographed routine with her students for the introductory song. The students conquer the stage feeding off their peers energy.

Once the dance performance has finished, Liz Price and Charles (CJ) Johnson, whom are Concert Co-Chairs, escorted a student named Sydney Levine to the stage to share her story explaining why it is important to be proactive in telling an adult when someone is being bullied. Up next was a singer-songwriter named Mereba, whom is a Spelman graduate. Mereba performed original tunes, and near the end of her set she played Bob Marley's "Redemption Song". Fans in the back were waving their hands in the air, holding their light-up lanyards, and cheering the artist on.


During the intermission of each performance the screen would calculate how much money has been generated in donations. A generous donation was made at the beginning of the night for $25,000 which incentivized others to donate. By the end of the evening, ADL in Concert Against Hate had raised "nearly half a million dollars for the entire event" says Allison Padilla-Goodman, ADL Regional Director.

Galactic was the final act of the night, and they got everyone on their feet dancing. They are a funk band based out of New Orleans. Angelika 'Jelly' Joseph hyped up the crowd with her infectious energy along with crowd engagement. Joseph is also a member of Tank and the Bangas, a soulful, R&B, funk group also based out of New Orleans.

Arthur M. Blank and Atlanta United were awarded a 'Torch of Liberty Award' which is given to individuals and/or corporations who provide generous contributions to the well-being of the Atlanta community. Official media partners of the event are KISS 104.1 and WSB-TV.

To get involved with ADL Southeast please visit https://atlanta.adl.org/

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