Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves: Black Women Hold Every Top Position In Criminal Justice System In South Fulton, Georgia

Black women are making big moves in the City of South Fulton, Georgia: they hold every top position in the city’s criminal justice system.

The newly formed city, which was created from a large, unincorporated area of Fulton county near Atlanta barely a year ago, is home to a predominately Black population. The city is located only a couple of miles away from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

And Black women are wielding significant power there.

Black women hold every leading position in the city’s municipal justice system: Chief of police; Clerk of Court; Chief Municipal Judge; Court Administrator; Solicitor; and Public Defender.

That’s a first for any municipality in the United States.

“Our goal is to ensure justice for everyone. However, as African-American women, we are sensitive to the history of criminal justice in our country.  We want to be an example of how to do things right”, said Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers in an interview with The Atlanta Voice.

The South Fulton City Council drew widespread ridicule for attempting to change the city’s name to Renaissance–a name some thought sounded too ratchet.

But residents complained so heavily against the proposed change, that the City Council decided to keep the name South Fulton–for now.

Photo: Reginald Duncan / The Atlanta Voice