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Mayor Kasim Reed’s Statement on the passing of Herman J. Russell

November 15, 2014

Today, the City of Atlanta has lost one one the best men it has ever produced. No words can express the depth of our sorrow or fill the void created by the passing of Mr. Herman J. Russell. He is an exemplar and few men have done more to make our city a place where you can bring and build your dreams. As the founder of one of America’s most successful construction and real estate businesses, Mr. Russell shattered countless barriers creating a path of greater opportunity for all of us to follow. When history catches its breath, Mr. Russell’s life work will place him among the most significant heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, and the Atlanta Business community because of his unwavering commitment to the forward progress of our city.