Baldwin County NAACP reorganizing
Talks of consolidating the city and Baldwin County governments have sparked concerns to rekindle the group. Quentin Howell is one of the coordinators of reorganizing the NAACP in Baldwin County. He says a major issue for the group is consolidation of the government.
“The NAACP don’t come in to be divisive. We come in to have more of a unity with all of the community,” said Howell. “All sections of the community black and white, north and south side of town.”
The outcry for justice following several police shootings involving African American men across the nation has ignited the conversation. Howell wants to have a branch of the NAACP back in the Antebellum Capital.
He believes an open forum is needed to help their efforts of bringing equality to Middle Georgia.
“This is a good way to get ahead of those issues and also deal with the current issues that are going on now,” he explained. “One reason is to be proactive to these issues and not wait until after the fact, when something has occurred.”
Pastor Gregory Barnes of “Live Now Church” is spearheading the Baldwin County NAACP branch reorganization. Barnes is concerned about African Americans being excluded in economic development in the county.
“Last economic census black business owners rated an “S”, which was too few to count and with a community that has over 46% blacks, that’s unacceptable,” said Barnes.
According to Barnes, many Baldwin County non-elected boards do not include African Americans.
“Milledgeville Baldwin County Economic Development, the Downtown Development Authority and the CVB, there’s not, it’s not racially equitable,” he added.
Supporters of reorganizing the Baldwin County NAACP want residents to know their intentions are not to divide the county. They just want equality for all.
“Some people may look at it as a division of black versus white,” explained Latonya Howell. “But that’s not what we are going for with reorganizing this group.”
The Baldwin County NAACP reorganization meeting will be held Monday at 6:30 p. m. It will be Mt. Zion Baptist church located at 171 Harrisburg Road in Milledgeville.