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Today's weather: Mostly cloudy. High near 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Situational awareness: Mismanagement of the agency overseeing Georgia's foster child program has contributed to the injuries and deaths of youth in their care, according to a new report by Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-Georgia) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee).

Today's newsletter is 876 words — a 3.5-minute read.

1 big thing: Honoring integration trailblazers

Actress and activist Elisabeth Williams-Omilami (center) and Nikki Toombs (right) coach a young student during rehearsal for "Courageous Steps: Bridging the Divide for Equality." Photo: Larsen Kennedy

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights will host a play next week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.

Why it matters: The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on May 17, 1954, overturned the separate but equal doctrine in public schools by ruling that segregation based on race was unconstitutional.

  • Reality check: Despite its mandate to integrate, many school districts, particularly across the South, refused to do so until well into the 1970s.

The latest: "Courageous Steps: Bridging the Divide for Equality" premieres at 6pm on April 17 at The Eastern and is part of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights' 10th anniversary celebration.

Zoom in: For Keisha Lewis, the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling is personal for her family. Her mother, Linda Clonts, was one of 13 students who integrated McEachern High School more than 10 years later on Sept. 7, 1965.

During that first week, the students were taken to school by bus but had to walk home.

  • Lewis tells Axios that her mother wasn't allowed to ask questions during class and that she was harassed.
  • Her locker was stuffed with chalk, and someone placed a sign with a racial slur on her back.
  • "She ended up dropping out [because] it was just too much tension," she said. "She said it went on for months."

Zoom out: The multimedia play, which features song, dance and dialogue, will honor trailblazers who integrated schools across the Deep South, including Clonts as well as:

  • Cheryl Brown Henderson, the daughter of one of the 12 plaintiffs in the Brown case.
  • James Meredith, who integrated the University of Mississippi.
  • Minnijean Brown-Trickey, a member of the Little Rock Nine.

What they're saying: Nikki Toombs, the Atlanta playwright who created the play, tells Axios that she hopes the production will show that the risks those students took when they integrated their school were not in vain.

If you go: Tickets for this one-night-only play can be purchased online.

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2. Truist Park's rank among MLB stadiums

Data: Walk Score; Table: Axios Visuals

Truist Park is literally a walk in the park, compared to most other MLB stadiums.

By the numbers: The Atlanta Braves' home stadium ranks 13 out of 30 MLB stadiums for walkability, a recent analysis shows.

How it works: Walk Score analyzes hundreds of walking routes and nearby amenities to calculate pedestrian friendliness and walkability. Population density and road metrics are also considered.

  • A good Walk Score (above 69) doesn't require a car and reflects how easy it is to walk to a location or use public transportation. A walker's paradise is a score of 90 or above.

What they found: Truist Park received a Walk Score of 71 because it's "very walkable, so most errands can be accomplished on foot."

Case in point: 10.3 million visitors spent an average of 206 minutes at The Battery and Truist Park in 2023, according to the Braves at yesterday's Cobb County commission meeting.

  • 83 of the 86 events hosted at Truist Park last year were Braves games.
  • 3.2 million fans attended games at Truist Park last year

Stop by: The Braves play the New York Mets tonight at 7:20pm.

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3. Miller Union team plans Poncey-Highland wine bar

Credit: Courtesy of Madeira Park

The celebrated duo behind Miller Union is teaming up with one of Atlanta's most creative sommeliers to open Madeira Park, a Poncey-Highland wine bar.

Why it matters: The concept is the first in years from Steven Satterfield, the James Beard-winning chef, and his Michelin-recognized business partner Neal McCarthy.

Zoom in: McCarthy and Tim Willard of the Dive Wine pop-up series will curate a mix of hard-to-find labels, mature vintages and "approachable sips," according to a statement.

  • Satterfield will serve his New Southern, seasonal takes on charcuterie and cheese, and other small shareable plates.

Zoom out: Madeira Park will be located in the ground-floor cafe space of Otto's Apartment Hotel on North Highland Avenue.

  • The hotel is in the historic former home of The Highland Inn and part of a mixed-use revamp that includes Colette Bread and Bakeshop and Supermarket, a forthcoming art space.

The vibe: For the menu, think more "mix-n-match" than Miller Union's composed style, Satterfield said.

  • Plans include a street-facing patio to take advantage of the humming stretch of North Highland that includes Tio Lucho's, Fishmonger and East Pole.

Of note: Madeira Park was an actual place in Copenhill, the long-gone neighborhood that was demolished to build I-485, a controversial highway project blocked by community activists.

  • Madeira Park was eventually absorbed by Poncey-Highland.

What's next: Madeira Park will open later this year. No word yet on an exact date.

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4. Phoenix 3000 was at...

Phoenix 3000 loves exploring the city with the Axios Atlanta crew. Photo: Kristal Dixon/Axios

The Highland Avenue bridge near Bomb Biscuits, one of Kristal's favorite restaurants.

  • Congrats to Danielle S., Hollis W., and Mark G!
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5. Five-ish Points: The Georgia Capitol is getting a makeover

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🪳Metro Atlanta and parts of southern and middle Georgia are prime spots for the tick that can cause a meat allergy in the people it bites. (AJC)

🚒 Riverdale's plan to outsource firefighting duties to Clayton County is on pause after community pushback. (Fox 5)

🏗️ Developers of Dunwoody's State Farm campus are moving forward with a plan to add apartments and up to 175 hotel rooms to the project. (Atlanta Business Chronicle)

🧱 Work will begin this summer on a $400 million renovation of the Georgia Capitol and construction of a new legislative building. (AJC)

🥰 Kristal is showering Hannah with all the hugs and cuddles today.

🛶 Thomas is prepping for a canoe camping trip in Alabama.

😊 Wil is eager to check in with his siblings today.

This newsletter was edited by Jen Ashley and copy edited by Natasha Danielle Smith and Anjelica Tan.