Education for Macon's Youth, the city's political vision, and Macon's job market are big concerns for a lot of people. The Martin Luther King Commission met Monday at the Douglass Theatre to hash out those very issues.
"I grew up in Macon and I didn't see this much poverty," said Christine Redding-Lowder.
Macon's economy was thriving when Lowder walked through downtown. The sister of the late R and B legend Otis Redding went to high school at Ballard Hudson Senior High. Lowder hopes the MLK commission's meeting will spark better activism in Macon's population.
"A lot of people died for the right to vote so I don't understand why people don't get excited because they can vote. I'm happy, I want to vote."
Educating Macon's Youth and black voter turnout were the topics of discussion tonight,
as the Martin Luther King Commission addressed Macon's issues at a community symposium at the Douglass Theatre.
"We have got kind of complacent and we've got to get back involved in the community," said Former State Rep. David Lucas.
Lucas was one panelist of four that included Attorney Stephanie Miller, Dr. Henry Ficklin of Macon City Council, and Minister Darryl Muhammad.
The leaders gave their opinions on the state of Macon's economy, political vision, and education system. How the city uses the newly passed penny tax also made its way into Monday's discussion.
"We passed a 190-million dollar SPLOST and one of the concerns is whether or not minority vendors as well as contractors will be part of making some of the money in the community," said Lucas.
Former Macon Mayor, C. Jack Ellis moderated the discussion. The MLK commission plans to talk about consolidation at their next gathering sometime next month.