I am Human: Forgotten in Atlanta

$900 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 18 months
Anthony 'Truth' Gary  ATLANTA, GA
I am Human: Forgotten in Atlanta

 
Summer had just begun its way up from hell and into Atlanta in 1997. The oppressive heat hadn’t passed over church this morning and seemed to take its own seats in the pews. 

Me, too young to have a choice to where I spent my Sundays, also sitting down in the pew awaiting a word from the pastor. Thankfully, his sermon came swiftly and we all gathered in the dining hall for a hearty meal in exchange for our devotion.

A man, who seemed to have forgotten his Sunday best, dressed in tattered clothes and a face that appeared to need God more than anyone else in the room. With his chin at his chest, and thumbs tangled, he unassuredly approaches the deacon.

 “Are you serving dinner?”

His words were direct and unmistakable even though his entire approach and appearance said otherwise. His light, fragile frame, the evidence of a man who didn’t often enjoy the nourishing pleasure of hearty meals. 

The deacon, well-dressed and annoyed, asked him to leave, without the normal intonations of a question. 

He left without much ado, unaffected by blatant rejection, tolerant to dispappotinemnt. I imagined the smell of things baked, fried and frosted would dollow behind him and haunt his senses so that his stomach would howl and holler. 

I was confused. I became curious. If God was at church this morning, he had declined to stay for the dinner.

 

Thief. Whore. Addict. Degenerate. Drunk. Poor. Lazy.


                                                Human. 

All too often we narrow down the lives of homeless human beings down to a single word. A solitary word that leaves no space for the depth of tragedy, no breadth of experience, no allowance compassion, no place for their stories. 

There are 6,000 humans in Atlanta with untold stories….

They are humans without homes, people whose lives have been unconsciously rendered non-existent and unimportant as we pass by them everyday. Yet as we walk by, drive past, look the other way, these forgotten people have become an unknown part of our own stories. I Am Human is a project that seeks to uncover the memoirs of humans in the shadows, to fill in single words used to describe these sons, daughters, mothers, fathers and veterans with the stories that surround them. It’s a project that captures the narrative of our collective community and an opportunity to bring awareness to the tragedies that have befallen our forgotten humans of Atlanta.

 

$5000 won’t change the world…

 

But it’s what’s needed. Each dollar goes toward the equipment needed, for the stipends that encourage people to talk about their experiences and to produce the photos and captions that garner our attention. To create an awareness that sparks a dialogue and a dialogue that spurs change. 

 

I am Human is our city and our story.

 

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Update 7
Posted by Anthony Gary
1 month ago
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Hey Everyone,

Just letting y'all know the book is in post production and I'm still adding pieces to make it unique. I can't wait for y'all to see the book and of course if you donated at book level, the physical copy you will love. Thank you for your patiences and donation.

Peace and Much Love,

Anthony "Truth" Gary
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Update 6
Posted by Anthony Gary
9 months ago
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Hey everyone,

Just an udpated, I'm still working on the project. Just a few setbacks like fixing my car after an accident but that will be taken care of soon and I'll be going hard to finish things up. I've decided to remove the film restriction from the project and also use digital images as well. The final look will be awesome, been looking at the book styles I'm thinking of using as the things draw nigh. Take Care everyone and again THANK YOU!!!

Peace and Much Love,

Anthony "Truth" Gary
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Update 5
Posted by Anthony Gary
12 months ago
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Update on the #IamHuman project. Still out and about capturing subjects and collecting stories. I'm working on it when I have off days from set! One thing that concerns me is the amount of cancer patients I encounter, very disturbing; something has to change! I still have plenty to do and more film to buy. I still have donation open if you would like to contribute to this project!

Peace and Much Love,

Truth
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Update 4
Posted by Anthony Gary
14 months ago
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Hi All,

Just a little update! I haven't gotten many donations for this project and I wondered to myself if I was doing the right thing; then the universe intervened and gave me a little help! I'm working on a TV show as a crew member that will help me complete the project even if no one else will! It may take a little longer but the project has life! I still welcome help to expedite the process and get into the post production. I look forward to the end result and all of the growth received from it! Thank you to those who have already donated, your support helped me start the process and finishing it has become a reality!!!

Peace and Much Love,

-Truth
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$900 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 18 months
Created November 2, 2015
Anthony 'Truth' Gary  
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Gigi Brown
2 months ago

Clapping and dancing over your tenacity and passion. Finish this book Anthony and keep Soaring on Purpose!! I am in admiration of your work. Bless You!

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Armondo Duenas
5 months ago

You have my attention and curiosity, Sir

NB
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Nekki B.
7 months ago

Keep on inspiring the people.

TL
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The T-Shirt Lady
7 months ago

So proud of this project! Keep up the great work!

DN
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Danielle Neal
7 months ago

Hey Anthony, your creativity and skill truly shows with this project. Your photos are beautiful and your work ethic is truly admirable. I hope you continue to receive the funds needed to see this project through till the end.

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Brittany Brown
9 months ago
$50
Anonymous
10 months ago
$100
JoTonya Willis
12 months ago

I am proud of you. Keep up the good work.

TJ
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14 months ago
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