The inspiration for its programs was brought to Atlanta through the combined leadership of Kathy Klatt of The Junior League of Atlanta, and Louise Freedman of the Atlanta Chapter of Jewish Women International. These two women’s organizations were concerned with the increasing levels of violence and prejudice among young people and the long-term impact on critical metropolitan issues.
In 1997, the JLA and JWI organized a diverse group of individuals, organizations, agencies, and schools to launch the first Summit, then known as the Prejudice Awareness Summit, which was modeled after a similar program format hosted in Houston, Texas in 1991.
In 1999, the organization founders established the Anti-Prejudice Consortium (APC) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to sponsor the Power Over Prejudice Summit and the In-School Follow-Up Program, now called POP School Program.
Today, the Anti-Prejudice Consortium, also know as POP, delivers a targeted awareness program with the support of its board, volunteers, corporate sponsors, and community partners year-round. The organization values its collaborators who are all people with passion for embracing differences, promoting inclusion, and reducing instances of discrimination and prejudice. POP actively seeks diverse volunteers to help broaden its program’s reach into schools and communities.