Several places throughout the country will forever be embedded in the fabric of the history of the civil rights movement, including the Southwest Atlanta-based Leila’s Dinette. According to NBC News, the founder of the historic eatery Leila Williams celebrated her 107th birthday on Thursday.
Williams opened Leila’s Dinette with her husband in 1949. The restaurant—which was frequented by civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—evolved into a staple in Atlanta and became a gathering space for the Black community. Patrons like Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Ralph Abernathy and local HBCU students would discuss social and political issues over classic Southern meals during a time where there weren’t many places where Black people could dine. “It was a place where they could strategize and spend quality time. That’s part of the legacy,” her goddaughter Charlotte Webb told the news outlet. “She fed people even if they didn’t have money. She just had this kind spirit about her, and people remember her. To her, everybody was equal.” She became a pillar of her community and would often cook for her neighbors in need.
Although the restaurant shuttered in the 1990s, Williams and her eatery’s impact and influence in the community prevails. She was honored at her 107th birthday celebration at the Glenwood Health and Rehabilitation Center. At the party, DeKalb County announced that November 14 would be recognized as Leila Williams Day. She says that she has received an outpour of love got thousands of birthday wishes.
The space where Leila’s Dinette once lived is now a commercial kitchen called Marddy’s. “We were stepping into some very big shoes. That we were stepping into a place that just is hallowed ground for black independence in Atlanta,” said Keitra Bates who founded the kitchen.
It’s A No, Bruh: Twitter Is Not Feeling Deval Patrick Running For President
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Dear future Democratic hopefuls,— Dr. Waitman Beorn-Now with all shots! (@waitmanb) November 14, 2019
I am sorry but your application for a presidential fellowship is several months late and cannot be accepted. We have many qualified applicants and do not have time to consider your application. Please apply next round.https://t.co/OxxdgaGVFH
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The last time that @DevalPatrick considered a presidential run, he called it off one day after this @zachdcarter report was published. He may be hoping that you forgot that he made money helping a GOP billionaire rip off black middle-class folks. I didn’t. https://t.co/s60rSZjNvM— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 12, 2019
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Why can't Deval Patrick and Eric Holder just support Kamala, instead of running? Nobody ask for this bullshit, and black men will run to assist a Becky or Karen, but keep their feet on a Black Queen's neck...smh— Corey Bu-Shea (@coreybking) November 11, 2019
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First, billionaire Tom Steyer.— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) November 11, 2019
Then, even richer billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
Today, it's Deval Patrick, who has worked for:
—Subprime mortgage lender ACC Capital Holdings
—Bain Capital (current) https://t.co/62NBQq4kc3
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I definitely feel like I know people with enormous egos, but then I read about Deval Patrick and Mike Bloomberg jumping in the presidential primary, and suddenly I feel like a little girl who has never seen a big city before— Rachel Cohen (@rmc031) November 13, 2019
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I love Deval Patrick but I feel like it may be too late for him to get into the race.... Not sure why he didn’t get in last year? https://t.co/pg4Jp57CZR— 👨🏻💻Gary_Smith74 (@GSmith_74) November 14, 2019
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I have always like Deval Patrick. I think he is pretty reasonable. There were rumors of him running a year ago. Why did he wait so long when his candidacy will be a long shot. https://t.co/UpbQhSo5lb— Will Thomas (@no1important701) November 14, 2019
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Deval Patrick’s candidacy is hilarious because a bunch of nerd DC insiders earnestly told him he’s needed and he has a real shot, but literally no one know who he is and he’ll drop out in 7 weeks after never cracking 2% in the polls— W.E.D.em Boyz (@LeftistWonk) November 14, 2019
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By jumping into the race at this late stage in the game, Deval Patrick is sending the clear and UNHELPFUL message that he doesn't like ANY of the candidates in the field now.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 14, 2019
The other message is that his rich buddies from Bain need a puppet in the game.
Get out, Deval.
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