• Kenneth Crooks, Jr.
    Executive Director Emeritus

  • As times change, what previously was a ‘dialogue about race’ has evolved into a holistic approach to diversity in our community and beyond.

    One Columbus, has also evolved, strengthening its core mission: striving to inspire, motivate, promote diversity, and ensure that each member of the community is respected and valued. Recognizing and appreciating diversity is an obligation to which each of us must be committed. If we accept and act on this challenge, then Columbus will truly become a ‘One Columbus’.

Items of Importance August 16, 2012

One Columbus Items of Importance August 16, 2012

A Call to Talk – Saturday, August 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m,  Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church

A Call to Talk’s (ACTT’s) guest speaker will be Morton Harris, a partner in the prestigious, 140 year-old Hatcher Stubbs Law Firm, located here in the city.

Mr. Harris, a highly experienced, top-tiered, tax and business attorney will present his study on “The Widening Gap between the Rich and Poor: A Political, Economic, and Moral Dilemma-What It Means for America.”

You have heard from the commentators on wider media outlets, now come out and hear the Chattahoochee Valley’s own Morton Harris. Ask questions and make comments.  You will find Mr. Harris very engaging.

For more information call: 706-575-4520

E Pluribus Unum – Thursday September 20, 6pm – Columbus Public Library.

E Pluribus Unum is an annual lecture/discussion event in Columbus that covers prominent current issues that examine the U. S. Constitution and its applicability to modern themes. As the fundamental document to which all Americans look for guidance, the E Pluribus Unum Series has proven to be a highly anticipated and popular event since its inception in 2005.

This year discussion has been rescheduled for Thursday September 20 and will cover the controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (January 21, 2010) case. This United States Supreme Court case resulted in the ruling that the First Amendment of the Constitution prohibited the government from restricting political expenditures by corporations and unions. With 2012 as an election year, the implications of this decision for us are more than ever relevant for today.

We look forward to your participation in this year’s engaging program. Keep an eye out – more details to follow.

For more information contact: 706-315-0162

ONE COLUMBUS encourages all to register for voting! Pass the following link along!

Complete your GA online Voter-Registration here at:


One Columbus Seventh Annual Golf Tournament  - Recap

The Seventh Annual One Columbus Unity Golf Tournament took place on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at the Robert Trent Jones Grand National Golf Course in Opelika, Alabama

Pictures of the event are now available on facebook at:
2012 ONE COLUMBUS Golf Tournament

Event summary and photos are to appear on our website shortly.

One Columbus  – Prejudice Reduction Seminar Series 2012 – Middle East Lectures – Recap

The final session of the One Columbus Prejudice Reduction Seminars “A conversation on the Middle East and Columbus,” delivered by Prof. Emeritus Denny Clark was a landmark event for bridge building in the Columbus Community.
Please visit our webpage for pictures of the event or visit us on facebook: ONE COLUMBUS Final Prejudice Reduction Seminar
The Prejudice Reduction Seminars formed as a four part series were aimed to promote diversity in Columbus through bridging the gap of understanding between cultures. The seminars, as informative academic level sessions on the Middle East, enabled us to broaden our understanding of diverse people in the world.
Hosted by One Columbus, the seminars were a collaborative community effort, implemented by  Rose Espinola (Program Manager), Specialist Academics from local universities, including Prof Emeritus Denny Clark from University of Idaho, Professor Abdullahi An-Na’im from Emory University and Associate Professor Amira Jarmakani from Georgia State University. We sincerely thank all involved in their contribution to making these events a success.
Special thanks are also due to members of the community including Columbus Public Library, Dr. Toni Fisher of Fort Benning Language and Cultural Office, Mr. Mark Rice of Temple Israel and James Turner for taking care of photography and videography of the events for us.

Feel free to view the past lectures on our Youtube Channel and follow us! Find past lectures at:

Prejudice Reduction Seminar II – Prof Abdullahi An-Na’im

Prejudice Reduction Seminar III -  Assoc Professor Amira Jarmakani

Contact: Rose Espinola 706-315-0162

Valley Interfaith Promise – PROGRAM

VALLEY INTERFAITH PROMISE is a local organization THAT reaches out to the homeless

VIP would like to introduce its new program: “Almost Home”. This program is an extension of the VIP sheltering program.  It is temporary housing for families who have gained full-time employment but need more time before moving into permanent housing.

The eligibility for “Almost Home” will be limited to those who have entered and completed the VIP sheltering program requirements.

VIP is looking for more private landlords.  Partner with VIP on a 6-month lease or month-to-month arrangement.  The lease will be secured by VIP.

Churches with extra property (family unit) can partner with VIP.  This can help families who may need less than 30 days as they are close to securing a permanent housing unit. The unit could be available for families with full-time employment and their own transportation.

The goal for “Almost Home” is to inform families about their housing options and set goals toward finding permanent housing.  To be renters in good standing or home owners.    It is the only transitional housing program of its kind in Columbus/Phenix City for homeless families.

“Almost Home” is a great step towards helping Columbus with it’s 10-Year Plan To End Homelessness.

Contact VIP if you are interested in partnering in the “Almost Home” program at 706-494-6348, for more information see their website at:  http://www.valleyinterfaithpromise.com/

For community activities, don’t forget to check the Consolidated Government’s website at: http://www.columbusgacalendar.com/

One Columbus
Rose Espinola – Laura Hart
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