We presented this issue in and with the West End community through live events, as well as a collaboration with the Our West End Newsletter, which printed multiple stories and distributed them throughout the neighborhood (and to voters at southwest Atlanta precincts on Election Day).

Check out our events here, including a panel about “water boys,” a conversation about West End’s legacy of Black entrepreneurship, and a series of “Office Hours.”

We hosted a panel discussion inspired by our popular story—The water boy’s hustle—focused on community, policing, and Atlanta’s entrepreneurial youth. Featured speakers were KaCey Venning of Helping Empower Youth (HEY!); Bem Joiner of Atlanta Influences Everything; Mr. Adassa, member of the Canopy West End Community Advisory Board; story writer and Canopy editor Gavin Godfrey; and West End Fellow and story photographer Aboubacar Kante.

In partnership with ELEVATE 2020, Canopy Atlanta hosted a conversation about the legacy of Black-owned businesses in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, featuring Thomas Portis Jr. of Benjamin Moore/Southwest Paint—a store that’s been around since the 1970s—and John Onwuchekwa of Portrait Coffee, a new shop based in West End, and moderated by Canopy cofounder Floyd Hall. Watch it here.

Office Hours

Check out our archive of Office Hours on Facebook Live here, and our most recent one below: