Trouble, trouble, trouble
Hush! Hush! Somebody’s calling MY name! Oh my Lord, oh my Lord, what shall I do? Oh my Lord, it has hit me! After much thought and prayer, I must speak up and I must speak out.
I was born in Americus, Sumter County, Georgia during a time of economic depression and of terrible racial relations. The African Americans were segregated and treated as history has taught us, very poorly. I went on the A.S. Staley High School which was built by the Workman’s Progress Administration (Federal Government). I remained on my side of town, all of those years, and was able to excel and go to college. I came back home in 1967, after college, to raise my children and to begin teaching. I worked hard and I tried to better my community through service and participation. Well, I see now that I am living in the same community as I did during my early years, an evil of segregation particularly pertaining to the school situation.
The Sumter County School System, with a few persons led by Michael Busman and Roy Brooks, has gone back to the pre-fifties ... During my tenure in the schools of Americus and Sumter County (1943-1955), the county educated their black students in grades one through seven and then the few who could come to the Americus system, A.S. Staley High School, to finish their education until 1957. Then lo and behold, in 1958, the city and county decided that the latter would do the honors by building Sumter County High School on Rucker Street. The complete staff, principal, and teachers from Staley went to Sumter High. Oh, by the way, have I told you that the white students attended Union High in Leslie, Georgia and Plains High in Plains, Georgia.
Citizens and others who live in Americus and Sumter County should use your common sense and realize that a few people are using these mean tactics to tamper with the makeup of the school board. Those six members of the school board: Edith Ann Hollis Green, who is a very intelligent woman, also served on the Americus City School board. Three of the members are my former students; Kelvin Pless, Michael Lewis, and Willa Fitzpatrick. Alice Green, a retired teacher, and Carolyn Whitehead all have the creditability to serve and serve well. As I look back, there is no evidence of any former group of board members being so harshly criticized.
God is looking at you. Yes, God is watching. A few people have had the unmitigated gall to attempt to get the six black board members fired from their jobs. Those people responsible for these actions against the elected members of the Board should be punished.
Hush! Hush! Somebody’s calling YOUR name! Oh, my Lord, Oh my Lord what will you do?
Eddie Rhea Walker
God bless John Gill
A few weeks ago, I was coming home from the convinient store. I don’t know why but coming back seemed allways longer for some reason. I was thinking the days when I had heard “Beep-Beep” and my good friend would stop “Mrs Brady would you like a ride back home?” I dismissed the thought as I found out he moved. As I was walking, I suddenly heard “Beep-Beep.” I stopped looked around, but nobody was stopping. I had an odd feeling and came home.
I barely sit down, when my phone rang, my friend called me “Shirley, Mr. Gill is dead” and told me what happened. I could not belive, that a wonderful good man is gone forever. I don’t belive in my life anyone ever was so kind to me, I know he was like that to everyone. His whole being was built on kindness and generousity. As the night grew closer, my tears would not stop I got in prayer mode with deep sadness, ask God to save him. This went on several day. One night, I went asleep and woke up to a voice saying: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever beliveth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life!” Then I realized it did not say how we sinned, God will forgive us just belive in Him. Also made me see, we are all sinners and have no rights to criticize. Let God be the judge. Mr. Gill loved everyone helped anyone he could. The pain of his passing still lingers, but now I know He is in God’s care.
God blessings on your soul Mr. Gill
I keep on praying allways for you.
Never forget your kindness to me.
I think all of us should keep praying, especially those he helped.
To the T.R. You have a done wonderful job in reporting his death, Thank you.
Trouble, trouble, trouble
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