Mayor Reed's decision to attend Howard over UGA caused rift with dad

7:50 AM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (File photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says it wasn't exactly smooth sailing when he told his father he planned to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., rather than his father's choice of the University of Georgia. In fact, the two didn't speak for a year, Reed says in a "Moments" feature.

Reed, who in 2010 was sworn in as Atlanta's 59th mayor, says that even his father's offer of a car and an apartment did not sway him from his decision to attend Howard. The senior at Atlanta's Westlake High School was already interested in politics and had his eyes on Washington.

"Going into the career of politics, it was ideal to be in the nation's capital," Reed told SaportaReport's Chris Schroder.

Reed and his father, June, short for Junius, shared a good laugh many years later when University of Georgia's law school called in 2011 and asked Reed to give the commencement speech.

Said Reed, "I called him and told him that I guess it had turned out alright because even though I had decided to go to Howard, the good people at the University of Georgia thought that I was worthy to come and address the graduating class of university law students."

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