At a school board forum Monday night, NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference members lined up to ask city school Superintendent Bill Cason to step down.
They contended that his decision to not show the Sept. 8 speech to classes live was racially motivated.
The speech was shown in most Valdosta schools in the weeks after it aired, however, and another issue came up at the meeting.
The Rev. Floyd Rose, the president of the Valdosta-Lowndes County chapter of the SCLC, said he is unhappy that the majority of the school administration is white when 80 percent of the students are black.