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Former Mayor Shirley Franklin Speaks at Blogging While Brown Conference in Washington, DC

Over the weekend, our nation's capitol hosted the 3rd Annual Blogging While Brown Conference, which was created to share resources, offer support, spread awareness and educate bloggers on the emerging trends in social media. One of the most memorable segments, was the Town Hall session, which included Chris Rabb (blogger for Afronetizen), J. Jioni Palmer (Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus) and Atlanta's own, Shirley Franklin.

Former Atlanta Mayor, Shirley Franklin speaking at Town Hall session at Blogging While Brown
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Franklin appeared on the panel to represent The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE), a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities. Franklin serves as Executive Senior Advisor for ADE.

The Town Hall session covered topics ranging from social activism to social responsibility. Franklin stressed the significance of social media and how influential it has become in political campaigns in comparison to when she was an elected official. She stated how anyone elected in a major city today can't ignore bloggers. She also emphasized the need for universal, accessible and affordable broadband across America along with the necessity of technology as it relates to civic engagement.

To learn more about ADE and the nationwide Digital Empowerment Councils, visit You may follow ADE on Twitter at, on Facebook at and on LinkedIn at

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  • Ananda Leeke, DC Social Media Examiner 5 years ago

    Great article. Loved it! It was so wonderful to hear Mayor Franklin discuss her thoughts at Blogging While Brown. It was a joy to meet you and your ATL blogger friends! I will include a link to your article on my DC Social Media Examiner page.

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