On this International Women's Day, the City of Atlanta is paying homage to a Civil Rights and broadcast pioneer with a statue. 92 year old Xernona Clayton, worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was the first Black woman in Atlanta media, and has worked many years as an executive with Turner Broadcasting.
Clayton rounded out a long list of dignitaries that spoke of her many contributions ahead of the unveiling of an 8-foot bronze statue of her likeness.
Following the statue unveiling, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens told Audacy Atlanta's Maria Boynton "It's a great day here in the A-T-L because of this statue unveiling of Xernona Clayton," going on to say, "I had the honor of being a part of it and I wanted to make sure that we saw it through."
Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, CBS News Anchor Michelle Miller, and comedian/actor Chris Tucker were also in attendance.
The Xernona Clayton statue is located in Xernona Clayton Plaza, on Xernona Clayton Way in Atlanta.