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Fonta High

When Fonta High moved to Decatur in 2016 she joined the steering committee for Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter. “I was extremely motivated to get involved with social justice issues as it pertained to what was happening in the black community, with people considered marginalized, and people of color. I knew I wanted to be a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

 

When Fonta High was looking for a change in her life, she never imagined that she would end up in Decatur. Fonta was living in Albany, Georgia with her 10-year-old twin girls. She had applied for a job in Colorado, but instead was offered a job as a Program Manager with the Community Service Board in Decatur. In 2016 Fonta moved to Decatur with her daughters and has been renting a house in the East Lake neighborhood.

“I’m very blessed that I am able to live in Decatur, but economically, it is challenging. I have certain goals for us as a family in terms of home ownership and additional activities for my girls. My ultimate desire is to stay. I’ve become invested in the community on so many levels. I love it.”

When Fonta moved to Decatur she joined the steering committee for Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter. “I was extremely motivated to get involved with social justice issues as it pertained to what was happening in the black community, with people considered marginalized, and people of color. I knew I wanted to be a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

It was in Albany where Fonta developed her passion for activism to promote social justice. She hosted a radio talk show that provided individuals with mental health challenges and those living with the disease of addiction a platform to share their stories of recovery. “What I learned through the recovery movement was that recovery was beyond treatment. It was about transforming the whole person’s life. As people get connected with resources and supportive networks they can turn their lives around. These stories weren’t being told enough.”

Fonta considers herself to be a private person, yet activism nudges her outside her comfort zone. She hopes that by speaking up and telling her story she can be an inspiration to others. “Maybe it’s the single mom who’s struggling to raise her kids or someone who has experienced societal discrimination and having a hard time rising above. It’s possible. There are people out there advocating for you.“

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