John Holliman is banging the gavel, his face red.
But the sound of the wooden mallet repeatedly landing on the boardroom table, where most supervisors now sit, is barely calming anyone down.
Holliman, acting president of Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and representing District 3, is trying to call for order as the Monday board meeting quickly degenerates into a shouting match, with supervisors Leroy Brooks of District 5, Black, and Harry Sanders of District 1, white, accusing each other of being a “racist.”
Lowndes County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday morning to table the decision to mandate mask-wearing countywide until its Aug. 3 meeting, citing the need for more information on the severity of the spread of COVID-19 in the county and concerns about enforcement.
The Columbus-Lowndes NAACP has sent letters to several hundred businesses in the community asking business representatives to publicly state whether they support the effort to have District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders resign from the county board of supervisors.
The Confederate Monument that has sat outside Lowndes County Courthouse for more than a century is moving to Friendship Cemetery.
‘I think he should get another chance’: District 1 voters in Caledonia show little appetite for wanting Harry Sanders off board of supervisors
In the two-plus weeks since Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders made his now-infamous comments following a board meeting about Black people remaining “dependent” since slavery ended, the voices calling for Sanders to resign from the board have been thunderous.
Dissatisfied with District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ decision to only step down as board president during a Tuesday meeting over his recent racist remarks, many of his fellow supervisors and other local leaders vowed to continue pushing for his full resignation from the board.
With District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders refusing to resign from the board over his recent racist remarks, some officials who have urged him to step down, including Supervisors Trip Hairston of District 2 and Leroy Brooks of District 5, say one way to force his removal is through a citizen petition.
Fifteen minutes before the start of Tuesday’s Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, Johnny Hampton stood in the entrance of the courthouse, using a bullhorn to lead a crowd of about 70 protesters in chants of “Harry Must Go.”
Harry Sanders opened Tuesday morning’s Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting by stepping down as board president.
He did not resign from the board entirely.
Lowndes County Board of Supervisors President Harry Sanders says he’s sorry for comments he made more than a week ago saying Blacks have been “dependent” since slavery and that they are the only ethnicity that has not assimilated into American society.