Organizers chose Statesboro as the location to note the recent election of Dr. Francys Johnson as state president.
Dr. Nelson B. Rivers, III, from South Carolina was the keynote speaker. He criticized the shutdown of the federal government last year calling it “evil”. He said the motive of the shutdown was “because they were upset that the black man got elected twice.” He said they did not care about the hundreds of thousands of people who would not get paid, America’s security being compromised, and people would not have access to services.
He also called the refusal of several states, including Georgia and South Carolina, to refuse to extend government funding because of their opposition to the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare” and their intentions to delay or defund its implementation. He said it is time to “shut down evil.”
Newly elected president Johnson said the education system in the country is “broken” and doesn’t benefit anyone. He said it is underfunded, and piecemeal at best.
A group of panelists met Saturday afternoon at the Averitt Center to discuss what they called the disruption of the “school to prison pipeline”. Dr. Bill Reynolds, GSU College of Education associate professor, “zero tolerance” policies and the emphasis on standardized testing are factors in creating “prison-like” schools. He called for a more relevant curriculum.