The development of Cook Park has been controversial because originally the plan was to resurrect the Mims name for the greenspace.
Livingston Mims, the park’s namesake and a relative of the Cooks, was an Atlanta mayor. But the community objected because Mims also was a Confederate soldier. A planned statue for Mims also has been withdrawn.
The city late last year agreed to name the park for Cook Sr. as a compromise. Cook Sr. was a member of the Georgia Legislature and a civil rights advocate, voting in 1966 for Bond to be seated in the august body despite objections from his colleagues.
The 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday gathering will be at Higher Ground Empowerment Center, 561 Spencer Street, Atlanta, 30314.