Georgia mayoral race event bars non-black Reporter from the command

In this Wednesday, March 27, 2019 photo, drawing during a meeting, coordinated by garner support for a black candidate in Savannah mayoral race in Savannah, Ga written on the doors of the Bolten Street Baptist Church. To discuss the organizers of the meeting, an upcoming mayoral race in Georgia, a Reporter to excluded, unless they were African-Americans. (Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News via AP)

The organizers of the community conference in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday evening to discuss the town are allowed to visit the race next mayoral only black Reporter.

The organizers of the meeting at the Bolton Street Baptist Church, shields of Rev. Teddy Clarence Williams, allegedly, where the “Black press only” on the doors of the Church.

At least two of the black Reporter and the publisher of the local African-American Newspapers were allowed within, the Savannah Morning News reported. TV crews were forbidden to enter.


Williams Fox News “request for comment did not return, but an advertisement for the meeting on Facebook of the Trigon group, a consulting company, Williams’ owner, stating that the event for the “Black media.”

Van Johnson, Savannah city Council, and one of the three black mayoral candidates have announced campaigns made so far, in the meeting Wednesday at Bolton Street Baptist Church. Johnson later said that he forwarded “my vision for an inclusive Savannah, a progressive Savannah.”

Asked by WTOC-TV about a black Reporter allowed inside, Johnson said: “It is my meeting. Again, I was asked to come make a statement, and so I came, and I gave a statement.”

Johnson gave a revised statement on Thursday on Facebook, call the organiser, the decision to ban certain journalists “regrettable” and said he expressed his concerns with you about your move.

“I expressed my concerns to the organizers of this event, as my history of service in this community has ALWAYS been an Integration, partnership and communication,” said Johnson in a statement. “While this decision is regrettable, I have to work on the day, if we trust each other enough to be inclusive in all of our meetings.”


Louis Wilson says he is running for mayor again after an unsuccessful 2015 campaign, which also participated in the meeting.

Regina Thomas, a former Georgia state senator and one of the incumbent mayor is black Challenger, jumped over the Church collect Wednesday. You said that the meeting appeared to be in disarray and was scheduled too early in the campaign. The deadline for candidates to sign up for the race is Aug. 23. Thomas said she had a scheduling conflict: her Bible study group met Wednesday evening.

The meeting was held on Wednesday in Savannah, to unite to try to the city in the black community behind a single candidate for mayor in the Nov. 5 election.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach is seeking re-election this fall. He was Savannah’s first white mayor in 20 years after winning the 2015 campaign. The options for Savannah’s top office are non-partisan, which means all the candidates at the end on the November ballot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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