Gideon’s Promise to Host Igniting Change Fundraiser


Public defender advocacy organization to honor Atlanta Metropolitan College President Dr. Gary A. McGaha, Sr. and Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena Senior Vice President Community & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Nzinga Shaw.

March 1, 2019 — Atlanta, Georgia – Gideon’s Promise, a public defender advocacy organization, will host its annual Igniting Change – Black & White Affair fundraiser on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 6:00 the Ritz-Carlton, 181 Peachtree Street, Atlanta Georgia 30303. This event will honor Atlanta Metropolitan College President Dr. Gary A. McGaha, Sr and Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena Senior Vice President, Community & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Nzinga Shaw for their commitment to improving the dialogue and engagement in the Atlanta community around the issue of criminal justice reform.

The evening will include a welcome from Gideon’s Promise board member Winfield Ward Murray; salute to this year’s honorees; buffet dinner; an open bar; live entertainment provided by the band Grits & Jelly Butter; and interactive activities. Last year’s event, raised over $75,000. All proceeds from the 2019 event will be used to provide scholarships for new public defender fellows.

“We enjoy honoring individuals and organizations that tirelessly work to provide equity and fairness for those who are often overlooked,” says Gideon’s Promise president Jonathan Rapping. “This year we are truly excited to celebrate Dr. Gary A. McGaha Sr. with the John R. Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award and our other esteemed honoree, Nzinga Shaw.  I cannot think of two people more deserving.

Event sponsors include, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Metropolitan State College Foundation, Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, The Cochran Firm Atlanta, CP Law Firm, Delta Community Credit Union, and Positive Promotions.

For information about Igniting Change – Black & White Affair tickets and sponsorships, please visit or contact Christopher Pearson at or 404-921-3836 or [email protected].

About Gideon’s Promise

Gideon’s Promise, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public defender advocacy organization that provides training, leadership development and mentorship to improve the quality of legal representation for the clients and communities they serve. Founded in 2007 by Jonathan Rapping, the organization has grown from a single training program for sixteen attorneys in two public defender offices in Georgia and Louisiana to a national enterprise with 1,000 participants in104 partner, statewide and affiliate public defender offices across 29 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization’s initial three-year program for new public defenders has expanded into a comprehensive program model that supports public defenders at all levels of their career.