Black History Month event focuses on Augusta racial division, recent homicides

Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 2:37 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 2:27 AM
  • Follow Government

Racial division and recent violence in Augusta were the focus of a Black History Month program Monday.

Back | Next
The Rev. Larry Fryer holds hands with Elizabeth Moton (left) and Carole Jones as they sing We Shall Overcome. He said Monday that recent violence signifies a cultural breakdown in Augusta.  Emily Rose Bennett
Emily Rose Bennett
The Rev. Larry Fryer holds hands with Elizabeth Moton (left) and Carole Jones as they sing We Shall Overcome. He said Monday that recent violence signifies a cultural breakdown in Augusta.

About 35 people met at Sand Hills Community Center for the program. Poetry and spiritual songs commemorated black heritage, and the Rev. Larry Fryer led prayer and preached on the prevalence of hatred.

“We are in slavery today when we are people who allow ourselves to be ignorant – when things are happening all around us and we cannot get involved and change our conditions,” said Fryer, the pastor of Hudson Memorial CME Church in east Augusta.

Fryer said two homicides this year at River Glen Apartments on East Boundary signify a cultural breakdown in homes, churches and the wider community.

“We have some issues here in 2012. We’ve got to change the conditions of where we are,” he said. “The only way to solve the problem we have is to do it together. Arm in arm, white and black, rich and poor, strong and weak.”

Augusta Commission member Matt Aitken gave a brief report of the commission retreat held earlier this month. Setting goals for each city district and agreeing to address problems monthly were steps toward working together, he said.

“Until we see racial reconciliation in this community, we can’t be the community God wants us to be,” Aitken said.

The program also featured a showing of ethnic clothing and a display of 20th century artifacts.

Comments (1) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Craig Spinks
817
Points
Craig Spinks 02/28/12 - 04:40 am
0
0
Reverend Fryer is correct. He

Reverend Fryer is correct. He deserves our support for standing up for The Truth.

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs