“The county’s changing. There’s been some demographic shifts not just racially but politically,” Patillo said.
Henry’s activism reflects widespread political change taking place across the southern end of metro Atlanta. In November, voters in Fulton County approved the formation of the City of South Fulton, a new city of just under 100,000 people, mostly African American. Nearby Fayette County is settling into its new district voting system which helped install the first black commissioner in the county’s nearly 200-year-old history.