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Inspirational-Informative-Empowering...Your Source For The Truth Vol. 15 Edition 2 Free Thursday January 16, 2020

A View From A Pew

Joe Madison aka “The Black Eagle” Speaks at the Columbus NAACP 45th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet

A Damaged Person Still Has Worth Page 3

IMA Occasion Speech

City Manager Isaiah Hugley Provides a History Lesson

Page 7 Unity Award Recipients

Who Will Receive This Years Prestigious Award?

Page 9 Welcome Richard Hyatt

Hyatt Joins The Courier Team as an Investigative Reporter. Page 11



THURSDAY January 16, 2020

We’re Committed To The Factt Why is The Health and Human Services Center Moving? The Courier Eco Latino newspaper welcomes to its pages Richard Hyatt as an investigative reporter. Hyatt, who spent decades as an award-winning journalist for more than 40 years is also the author of 19 books and currently operates a blog at In this issue

The Street Committee

Richard questions why the Health and Human Services Center is moving to the former home of Virginia College. Instead of a one stop shop which we have now clients will have to travel to two different sites. In regards to the move it has been alleged, according to the street committee that Virginia College, built in 1975, has a mold and mildew problem. Read his story on page 11.

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Just Because It’s Damaged It Still Has Worth

Here is a story I recently ran across. It made me stop and think about how I view others. Perhaps it will give you pause and make you more understanding. “A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: ‘Puppies For Sale.’ Signs like this always have a way of attracting young children, and to no surprise, a boy saw the sign and approached the owner; ‘How much are you going to sell the puppies for?’ he asked. The store owner replied, ‘Anywhere from $30 to $50.’ The little boy pulled out some change from his pocket. ‘I have $2.37,’ he said. ‘Can I please look at them?’ The shop owner smiled and whistled. Out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his shop followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, ‘What’s wrong with that little dog?’ The shop owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame.

The little boy became excited. ‘That is the puppy that I want to buy.’ The shop owner said, ‘No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.’ The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said; ‘I don’t want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.’ The shop owner countered, ‘You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.’ To his surprise, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the shop owner and softly replied, ‘Well, I don’t run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!'” Just because one has challenges and may be “damaged” physically, mentally or spiritually it does not mean they do not have worth.

Wane A. Hailes


Photos By Rozvonski

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Madison’s Message...“Light Their Torch, Don’t Just Pass The Torch”

By Wane A. Hailes The Courier On Friday January 3, 2020 national radio host, Joe Madison, aka, “The Black Eagle” served as the guest speaker for the Columbus Branch of the NAACP’s 45th annual Freedom Fund Banquet. Held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, and addressing the largest audience in recent years, his message was that of the importance and continued relevance of the NAACP. How now, more than ever, we need strong leadership and support of the organization especially on the local level. He challenged those in attendance with his signature line; “What are you going to do about it?” In a somber moment he asked for our prayers for Congressman John Lewis who recently announced he was diagnosed

with stage IV pancreatic cancer. In addition he renewed his call for the renaming of the Edmund Pettus Bridge for Congressman Lewis, the site of what is historically known as Bloody Sunday. On that day, March 7, 1965 armed police attacked and brutally beat Civil Rights Movement demonstrators with horses, Billy clubs, and tear gas as they were attempting to march to the state capital, Montgomery. Lewis was one of those who were beaten. Many in the audience were unaware of the namesakes history as Madison shared who Edmund Pettus was. He noted that Edmund Winston Pettus was a lawyer, judge, Confederate brigadier general, U.S. senator and head of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. As he closed he addressed the call from young people to the older establishment

to ìPass the torchî saying we should ìLight their torchî. ìTo pass them my torch means I will be left in the dark. I’m not ready to be put out to pasture. I still have plenty to share. The NAACP recognized three members of

the community. Roz Durden, retired executive with West Rock received the Corporate Appreciation Award; Rev. Curtis Crocker, Jr. received the Rev. Albert McCorvey, Sr. Religious Leadership Award and the President’s Award went to Col. (Ret.) James “Jim” Jackson.

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IMA Emancipation Day Program - Occasion Speach "all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." This happened two years into the Civil War. Union leaders wanted to stop slavery from expanding into the Western states. Many Northerners opposed emancipation, especially in border states such as Kentucky that allowed slavery. As the war went on, Lincoln came to see emancipation, or the act of freeing slaves, as a tactic to end the conflict. The Emancipation Proclamation didn’t immediately end all slavery, but it permitted former slaves to join the US army. On January 1, 2020 City Manager Isaiah Hugley gave the occassion for the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Emancipation Day Program. We thought it exceptional enough that we share it with our readers who were unable to be in attendance.

“Many of us “think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as a time to celebrate the fresh start that a new year represents, but there is a troubling side to the holiday’s history”. “In the years before the Civil War, the first day of the new year was known as “Hiring Day” or Heartbreak Day for Slaves”. Slaves spent New Year’s Eve at ‘Watch Night”, praying and wondering if their owners were going to sell them or rent them out to someone else, potentially splitting up their families. On New Year’s Day, slaves were taken to the auction block, to be sold or hired out to the highest bidder. In an 1842 account, a slave named Lewis Clarke said, “Of all days in the year, the slaves dread New Year’s Day the worst of any”. But It was on New Year’s Day in 1863, the 16th President of the United States of America, then President Abraham Lincoln, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring

In Union border states and in Confederate territories captured by the Union, slavery remained “as if this proclamation had not been issued. The Union would have to win the war to enforce the order. Therefore, the Emancipation Proclamation turned public perception of the Civil War from a fight for unification into a fight for freedom. Several states celebrate an Emancipation Day, typically observed when slaves in those states first learned of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation. This annual emancipation program is significant because it provides the opportunity to reflect on where African Americans have come from and the bridge that brought us across. Think about it - Despite signing the Emancipation Proclamation declaring freedom, there was inhumane treatment, wall barriers, lynching, Jim Crow Laws, and bullets. According to the Equal Justice Initiative, the State of Georgia witnessed 589 lynching of African Americans between 1877 and 1950, a total surpassed only by Mississippi. None of this shut down the continued

thirst or the continued fight for true freedom and equal treatment. Fast forward to a century later in 1963 as America once again stood at the crossroads.

As we look ahead in 2020, America is at yet, another crossroad. We face an epic choice, and the results will define this country, for generations to come. We are living in perilous times.

The Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools, but the nation had not yet committed itself to equality of citizenship. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the march on Washington, pointed out in his I Have a Dream speech, that 100 years later, after the Emancipation Proclamation, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. So, we are here today King said, to dramatize a shameful condition. Fast forward to 2008, less than 150 years after slavery was abolished. America elected the 1st Black man to the highest political office in the land. In January 2009 President Barrack Obama raised his right hand and took the oath of office to become President of the United States of America, just blocks from where slaves were once housed in pens and sold for profit. He slept in the Whitehouse that was built in part by slave labor, and near the room where Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. He hosted dinners, entertained guests and commanded the most powerful military on earth, from the Whitehouse. Church, with blood, sweat, tears, pain and many deaths, African Americans paid a price. The price paid has brought us from the bottom of a slave ship in 1619, to sleeping in the Whitehouse as President of the United States in 2009. The price paid brought us to the threat of African American Stacy Abrams being elected Governor of the State of Georgia in 2018! Stacy Abrams’ 2018 historic campaign should remind us of the freedom to vote and what happens when we do not exercise that freedom.

Freedom and much of what we hold dear has been threatened - voting rights, free and fair elections, democracy, civility, truth. We are witnessing 1950s and 1960s norms of behavior. Hate, anger and cruelty disfigure public discourse and lying. We are witnessing truth being chased away. As we face the difficult days ahead. We must be vigilant, focused, united, and determined to achieve total victory. As I take my seat, I want to remind all who are descendants of slaves, that we are free. My speculation tells me that slaves gathered for “watch night” on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1862. They prayed, they sang, praised God, and they wondered what the next day, typically the worst day of the year for slaves, would bring. The next day, January 1, 1863, then President Abraham Lincoln, declared, "all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." My speculation tells me that the slaves shouted for joy, “we are free, we are free, thank God almighty, we’re free! God is able. God has been our bridge. God has set us free. Jesus is our friend! This is our occasion!” Sources used: •Olivia B. Waxman -'The Slaves Dread New Year's Day the Worst': The Grim History of January 1 - Updated: December 27, 2019 •Library of Congress articles and essays on Abraham Lincoln

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Election 2020 The Demographics

Postions For Re-election

*November 2018 Election Numbers

U.S. Congress Sanford D. Bishop. 2nd District

Election Dates The presidential preference primary and special election

March 24, 2020 The general primary election and nonpartisan general election will be held

May 19, 2020 with a runoff set for

July 2, 2020 The general election will be

November 3, 2020 with a runoff date of

Registered Voters

Actual Voters

Blacks - Males - Females Total

25,296 35,422 60,718

Blacks - Males - Females Total

10,576 18,870 29,446

Whites - Males - Females Total

23,870 28,967 52,837

Whites - Males - Females Total

12,943 15,373 28,316

1,600 1,885 3,485

Hispanics - Males - Females Total

492 649 3,485

Hispanics - Males - Females Total

December 1, 2020 Voting Precincts and Locations Deadline To Register To vote

February 24, 2020

104 Britt David 2801 W Britt David Rd

119 Moon 7300 Whittlesey Blvd

Are You Registered To Vote?

115 Caanan Baptist 2835 Branton Woods Dr

113 Mt. Pilgrim 4400 Old Cusseta Rd

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office makes it easy to figure out if you’re registered to vote.

102 Carver 3000 Macon Rd

To find out if you’re registered to vote in Georgia, check your status on the Secretary of State’s website under the My Voter Page icon. You can also register to vote and update your information on the website.

On The Ballot - Muscogee County School District is asking for an Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum. They want to raise $189 million over five years to fund capital projects for the school system - Columbus Council will be asking for a special purpose local option sales tax referendum, in order to raise $350 million over a 10-year-period for capital projects that would include a new Government center. *If approved taxpayers would see a 9% sales tax starting in April 2021,

107 Columbus Tech 928 Manchester Expy

112 Our Lady Of Lourdes 1953 Torch Hill Rd 127 Psalmond 6550 Psalmond Rd

106 Conerstone 7701 Lloyd Rd

121 Salvation Army 5201 Warm Springs Rd

110 Cusseta 3013 Cusseta Rd

120 St. Andrews 4980 Hancock Rd

126 Edgewood 3564 Forrest Rd

103 St. John 3980 Steam Mill Rd

124 Epworth 2400 Devonshire Dr

108 St. Mark 6795 Whitesville Rd

114 Faith Tabernacle 1603 Floyd Rd

118 St. Paul 2101 Wildwood Ave

122 First African 901 5th Ave

105 St. Peter 6507 Moon Rd

125 Gallops 1212 15th St

109 Wynnbrook 500 River Knoll Way

117 Gentian 4400 Reese Rd

101 Wynnton 2412 Wynnton Rd

116 Holsey Monumental 6028 Buena Vista Rd

State Senators Ed Harbison 15th District Randy Robertson. 29th District State Representatives Vance Smith District 133 District 134 Richard Smith Calvin Smyre District 135 Carolyn Hugley District 136 Debbie Buckner District 137 Muscogee County School District Pat Hugley Green District 1 District 3 Vanessa Jackson Laurie McRae District 5 Cathy Williams District 7 City Council Glenn Davis Valerie A. Thompson Gary Allen Walker Garrett John House

District 2 District 4 District 6 District 8 At-Large

Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins District Attorney Julia Slater Coroner Buddy Bryan Tax Commissioner Lula Lunsford Huff Superior Court Clerk Danielle Forte Superior Court Judges Maureen Gottfried Gil McBride William Rumer Ron Mullins Arthur Smith Bobby Peters Ben Land State Court Judges Andy Prather Benjamin Richardson Municipal Court Judges Steven Smith Probate Court Judges Marc D’Antonio State Court Solicitor Suzanne Goddard Muscogee County Marshal Municipal Court Clerk


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2019 Isaiah Hugley

2018 Mayor Teresa Tomlinson

2017 James C. Jackson

2016 Ed Harbison

2015 Sam Mitchel/Marc Upshaw

2014 Lula Huff

2013 Carmen Cavezza

2012 Evelyn Turner Pugh

Judge Michael Bellamy

2010 Mayor Bob Poydasheff

2009 Judge John D. Allen

2008 Frank Brown

2007 Phyllis Jones

2006 James H. Blanchard

2005 Cong. Sanford Bishop

2004 Dan Amos

2003 Rev. Robert Holston

2002 Rev. Primus E. King

2001 Mayor Bobby Peters

2000 State Representative Calvin Smyre

1999 Lydia Hannan

1998 Re. J.H. Flakes, Jr.

1997 Marvin Schuster

1996 Margaret Belcher

1995 Dr. Robert L. Wright

1994 Lonnie Jackson

1993 Judge Albert Thompson

1992 Ocie Harris

1991 George W. Ford

1990 Jesse Taylor

1989 Dr. M. Delmar Edwards

1988 John B. Amos

1987 A.J. McClung


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COVER STORY ny announced the closure of its 28 campuses across the country, including the one in Columbus. The local building was built 45 years ago and originally housed a building supply operation.

By Richard Hyatt Special To The Courier If you’ve been doing business at the Health and Human Services Center for the past 25 years you may be in for a real shock. After all this time, without serious discussions with the people who use that convenient facility every day, the city is talking about picking up and moving. Officials want to relocate it from Comer Avenue near the Piedmont Columbus Regional Midtown Campus to the former home of Virginia College, which shut down at 5601 Veteran’s Parkway after the institution lost its accreditation. The move is being considered because of money and politics. Overlooked in the shuffle are the forgotten clientele who will be impacted by this unexpected move. Nearly 20,000 people use this one-stop shop every month. That adds up to around 350,000 clients every year. The city wants to relocate some of those health services into a building located between a drug store and a real estate company. Virginia College was vacant after their parent compa

At first, news reports said the purchase price of that building would be $2.5 million and that it would be used as city office space. The cost of a bond issue added another $2.5 million to the transaction. The city soon revealed that instead it would house the health department there as required by state law.

Discussions have been held in executive sessions though some councilors think talks may move to open council at the regular meeting on Tuesday Jan. 14. Asked how many questions he has received from clientele about the Virginia College project, the mayor said few. “If we had run them on line or on social media I still don’t think there would be that many questions. Sometimes you have to go to a person’s doorstep,” Henderson said.

Since 1997, state and local agencies have operated at the HHS building, a facility designed specifically for this

The first-term leader admitted there have been few open discussions thus far. “After we close on the property sometime in February we’ll be more aggressive,” he said.

§ 31-3-9 County boards of health; office quarters and equipment The governing body of the county shall provide the county board of health with quarters and equipment sufficient for its operation.

Early in the process, Thomas and other councilors were upset that they had been kept out of the loop. Even after they voted to buy the site they said it wasn’t a done deal. They continued due diligence on the purchase.

use. This is in line with the Georgia Code, which requires counties to provide a home to local boards of health. Word of a change came slowly — even to Columbus Council.

The project has to be done by June after the contract on the Comer Avenue building expires. Local contractors wonder if the city can meet the deadlines on completion and whether they can meet the budgeted cost.

“We were told that it would be cheaper to buy the building than to continue to pay rent at the old site,” Councilor Judy Thomas said. Family Holdings Sub LLC of Columbus is the current owner of the HHS building. Cheaper maybe. But how would clients get to Veterans Parkway? Offering few details, City Manager Isaiah Hugley announced that the city planned to start a free shuttle service that would take clients from the bus transfer center to the HHS building to the new location on Veterans Parkway. He said nothing about what kind of vehicles would be used, how long transportation would be offered, how much the city would spend and how special needs would be met.

Henderson says they can. “We’ve met every challenge,” he claims. “I’ve seen no red flags.” Long time clients of the Health and Human Services building still wonder why such a move was considered in the first place. The HHS facility was built for these purposes and over the

Courier January 16, 2020 years it received national attention for its design and performance. It has always provided a comfortable, dignified home to the people that use it. It has provided security and is near public transportation. Clientele often need serious medical attention and HHS is only blocks away from Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. Don’t ask the politicians about these things. Ask the people who use it. These health and social agencies are now housed at the Health and Human Services Building at 2100 Comer Avenue. Tenats include: Department of Family and Children’s services Utility Assistance Office Georgia Department of Public Health Columbus Health Department Community Health Pharmacy Adult Medical Care Pediatric Medical Care Dental Care Vision Care West Central Health District Child Health New Horizon’s Behavioral Health Mental Health Substance Abuse Addiction Counseling New Horizon’s Community Service Board WIC Clinic WIC Food Pantry Veteran’s Vocational Training & Career Center (Richard Hyatt spent decades as an award-winning journalist, including more than 40 years with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. He is the author of 19 books and currently operates a blog at

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Pastor Adrian J. Chester, Greater Beallwood Baptist Church By Wane A. Hailes The Courier In his classic book, The Prophets, scholar Joshua Abraham Heschel describes a prophet as one who identifies with the pity of God, is stirred by the heartbeat of God, and is called to be the uncompromised mouthpiece of God. This notable description epitomizes the life of the Reverend Adrian J. Chester. A gospel preacher, teacher and friend to all who may grace his presence, Reverend Chester has been a modern day Isaiah, preaching God’s good news to the poor, binding up the broken hearted and proclaiming liberty to the captives. Reverend Chester was born January 2, 1991 in Columbus, Georgia and is a graduate of the G. W. Carver High School. He serves as Pastor of Greater Beallwood Baptist Church in Columbus, Ga. Adrian has been blessed to encounter many people who have had a major influence in his life. In addition to his loving family, the most influential people have been Reverends Willie L. Hill, Robert E. Buckner, J. C. Harris, Sr., Mr. Christopher B. Lindsey and Ms. Lisa Norris. Reverend Chester ’s preaching and teaching experiences have afforded him the privilege to spread God’s Word throughout the Southeastern United States. During the summer of 2011, he was the only student from among students enrolled in ten seminaries, selected by the National Baptist Convention U.S.A., Inc. to preach and train pastors on eight different Caribbean Islands to

include Trinidad and Tobago. Reverend Chester believes that God is not going to come back and say, “You built great cathedrals for me; you had great choirs; you raised large amounts of money, etc.” But rather God is going to ask, “What did you do for the least of these?” He has been affiliated with a number of civic and religious organizations, to include the Mount Calvary Baptist Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Lambda Iota Chapter), Greater Columbus Urban League Board member, Leaders of Today and Tomorrow, Annual Black History Breakfast Committee m e m b e r, C o l u m b u s Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and United Negro College Fund. Reverend Chester is a graduate of American Baptist College (Main Campus) in Nashville, Tennessee where he received the B.A. degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Pastoral Care. In May of 2020 Rev. Chester will complete the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program at Morehouse School of Religion of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga. Reverend Chester realizes that he can plan anything in the world; however, it is God who ordains his plans. He holds close to his heart God’s Word as recorded in 2nd Timothy 4:17 “But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good

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