Black Representation Politically Threatened in Georgia

Tyrone Brooks

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

There are some black-representation concerns as Georgia plans for its upcoming redistricting process, and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials is meeting in Savannah to discuss these matters in four sessions.  With the meetings starting today, Rep. Tyrone Brooks — president of the association — says that they are expecting approximately 1,000 people to attend.  According to reports from Savannah Morning News, the General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene on the 15th of August to sketch Georgia’s new district boundary lines in representation of the population migrations from south to north that have taken place since 2000.

Brooks says that “it’s vital that the process ensure adequate representation for African-Americans…. We want to protect the gains we’ve made over the years….We are very concerned and want to make sure we (African Americans) don’t lose representation, particularly in south Georgia.” Redistricting decisions will affect the political domain of political leaders.

More discussions will be held by the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the Jordan School of Business at Savannah State University.

Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.


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