From those days to his death, he was a great advisor, confidant, and supporter,” said Commissioner Eaves.
Jasper Williams, senior pastor of Salem Bible Church, Rev. Gerald Durley, pastor emeritus with Providence Baptist Church, and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin are among those scheduled to give tributes at the public commemorative service.He gave so much more to this community through his volunteerism in organizations such as the Police Athletic League, Georgia Association of Black Elected Official, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Concerned Black Clergy, and the Peoples Agenda. Eaves legacy is alive and well in the hands of his nephew, John H. Reggie is recalled hitting the streets to campaign with his nephew with a huge smile on his face.“My uncle was the single most important person responsible for me going into politics.Dating back as a senior at Morehouse College in 1984, my uncle encouraged me to go into politics.ATLANTA — A host of friends, co-workers, and community leaders will gather to celebrate the life and times of their colleague and buddy, Asaph Reginald Eaves, who was Atlanta’s first Public Safety Commissioner, a Fulton County Commissioner, and a friend of the community he served. Reginald Eaves was the first Public Service Commissioner in the City of Atlanta [Black or White] and later served as a Fulton County Commissioner.
The public memorial service and celebratory tribute is scheduled for Friday, June 26, 2015 at AM in the Horizon Sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church. There were bumps in the road for Reggie – a sometimes imperfect man; but he had a heart of gold and a dedication to make life better for the underserved in Atlanta.
Reginald Eaves died at the age of 81 in Jacksonville on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Eaves’ hometown of Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, June 21. He was fondly called, “Atlanta’s Top Cop.” Eaves is credited with reducing violent crime in the city’s black neighborhoods; Rolling Out reported – “his action, such as assigning foot patrols to high crime area and community policing, was ahead of its time and received coverage in Time magazine.” After leaving public life, he became a prominent community activist in metropolitan Atlanta.
Eaves had distinguished himself in a political career in Boston before Maynard Jackson convinced him to move to Atlanta and to work in the early stages of the Maynard for Mayor campaign.
It's also embroiled in a lawsuit over the state's alleged failure to process more than 40,000 new voter registrations.
NGP began in March 2013 with 60 canvassers focusing on enrolling Georgians for health care under the Affordable Care Act.
It turned its focus to voter registration as conversation after conversation made clear the need to empower disadvantaged voters, said NGP founder and Georgia state Rep. NGP estimates that around 800,000 people of color, voters between the ages of 18 and 29, and unmarried women—what the group calls the "Rising American Electorate"—were unregistered to vote in Georgia at the beginning of this year. Senate this year, registering 120,000 new voters is a big deal. Nathan Deal, a Republican, won the 2010 election by a margin of 260,000 votes.) Early voting began on Sunday, Oct.