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Douglas County Celebrates Black History Month with special 8700 Show

DCTV23teamDouglas County, Georgia is celebrating Black History Month by airing a unique program honoring local history makers and recognizing those in their lives who have contributed to their milestones. The educational and inspirational piece of work was the production of dctv23, the Douglas County government access channel, and the Department of Communications and Community Relations.

The program included a variety of local leaders who paid respect to well notable leaders like Sheriff Earl D. Lee, Barbara Walters, and Oprah Winfrey to their parents and activists who paid the price for fairness and equality.

Various leaders who were interviewed were:

  • Honorable Cynthia Adams, Douglas County Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Barbara Caldwell, Douglas County Magistrate Court Judge
  • Sheriff Tim Pounds, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Portia Lake, Director of Communications for Douglas County Schools
  • Honorable Rochelle Robinson, Mayor of Douglasville
  • Honorable Dr. Romona Jackson Jones, Chairman of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners
  • Chief Gary Sparks, Douglasville Police Department
  • Marcia Hampton, City Manager of Douglasville
  • Tiffany Stewart-Stanley, Director of Douglas County External Affairs
  • Greg Baker, Douglas County Tax Commissioner
  • Frederick Perry, Douglas County Human Resources/Personnel Director
  • Ms. Levera Newton, local Centenarian and a graduate of historic Madame C.J. Walker, School of Cosmetology.

Rick Martin, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Douglas County, is the host of the program.  He was recently hired to take over the department.   The Special was shot and recorded on location in various places including Douglasville, the Douglas County Courthouse and in Lithia Springs at First Baptist Church Lithia Springs.

The special is unique because it shows how important it is to celebrate not just Black History once a month, but the history of all people every day.

“It was an honor to work with such a dedicated team of individuals to share such an important story of Douglas County in 2018,” said Rick Martin.    This particular program of 8700 can be viewed on the Douglas County government access TV channel at 4 p.m. daily on Xfinity/Comcast 23 or Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse or on-line at www.dctv23.com.

A link to the program can be found here:


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