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NAACP organizes protest to demand Sanders’ resignation

About 60 people marched through downtown Columbus to continue to demand Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation in response to racist remarks he made about African Americans on June 15.

 


 

Protesters march through the streets during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. About 60 people gathered to continue to demand Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation in response to racist remarks he made on June 15 after a supervisors meeting. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Protesters march through the streets during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. About 60 people gathered to continue to demand Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation in response to racist remarks he made on June 15 after a supervisors meeting.

 

Tamika Jones holds up a sign during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus People marched a few blocks around downtown, starting and ending at the Lowndes County Courthouse. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Tamika Jones holds up a sign during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus People marched a few blocks around downtown, starting and ending at the Lowndes County Courthouse.

 

An American flag hangs in a window as protesters march past it during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. The march and rally lasted about an hour and a half. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

An American flag hangs in a window as protesters march past it during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. The march and rally lasted about an hour and a half.

 

Local Activist Johnny Hampton leads chants during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. The march was organized by the Columbus-Lowndes NAACP and other community activists. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Local Activist Johnny Hampton leads chants during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. The march was organized by the Columbus-Lowndes NAACP and other community activists.

 

A pile of signs that read “Harry Sanders must go!” sit on the courthouse lawn before the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. The signs, which also feature a photo of Harry Sanders, were distributed to protesters before the march. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

A pile of signs that read “Harry Sanders must go!” sit on the courthouse lawn before the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. The signs, which also feature a photo of Harry Sanders, were distributed to protesters before the march.

 

Columbus-Lowndes NAACP President Lavonne Harris calls for Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. Seven people spoke at the event, including Harris, Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks, local activist Johnny Hampton, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Lowndes County District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Columbus-Lowndes NAACP President Lavonne Harris calls for Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. Seven people spoke at the event, including Harris, Lowndes County District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks, local activist Johnny Hampton, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith and Lowndes County District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith.

 

People pray at the end of the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. During the rally, speakers called for people to use their voices by voting. They also re-read the racist remarks Harry Sanders made on June 15, in which he stated that African Americans have been “dependent” since slavery. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

People pray at the end of the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. During the rally, speakers called for people to use their voices by voting. They also re-read the racist remarks Harry Sanders made on June 15, in which he stated that African Americans have been “dependent” since slavery.

 

Local Activist Johnny Hampton wears a shirt honoring Civil Rights Activist John Lewis, who died on July 17, during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. Hampton spoke about Lewis during his speech at the event, saying Lewis died knowing that a new youth movement has begun. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Local Activist Johnny Hampton wears a shirt honoring Civil Rights Activist John Lewis, who died on July 17, during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. Hampton spoke about Lewis during his speech at the event, saying Lewis died knowing that a new youth movement has begun.

 

Tamika Jones stands next to disinfecting wipes and sanitizing spray during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. All of the protesters wore masks during the march and rally as a precaution due to COVID-19. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Tamika Jones stands next to disinfecting wipes and sanitizing spray during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. All of the protesters wore masks during the march and rally as a precaution due to COVID-19.

 

 

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