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Arthur Mayo is working to change one South Albany neighborhood

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Arthur Mayo, is a man who admits he was once headed down the wrong road, and was at the wrong place at the wrong time when he was shot.

But he's using those negatives in his life to make a change and help people in one South Albany neighborhood take it back.

Arthur Mayo walked me through the south Albany neighborhood he and others are working to change.

"We got this open place now why can't we have a playground?" said Arthur Mayo, Community Activist.

Mr. Art as they call him in the neighborhood said with so many people talking about the crime and how run down certain neighborhoods are he felt it was time to take a stand.

"It's my New York mentality if I see something needs to be changed why complains about it if we're not making any steps to change it," said Mayo.

Mayo knows about violence gripping communities like this first hand.

"When I was 17 I caught a stray bullet and I was shot in the head," said Mayo.

He said he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and has learned his lesson.

"My testimony is strong and there will be a lot of people here tomorrow with their own testimony," Mayo.

Over the weekend they're inviting this community to take a stand.

"It takes a community to raise a child, so why don't we do that because right now the children are raising our communities," said Mayo. "They walk up and down the street nothing to do, every day they come to me and say Mr. Art you have anything for me to do today?"

The Georgia Music Association with its Stop The Violence Campaign is also stepping in to help with Saturday's even and a block party on Sunday of their own.

"There is more money is spreading hope than there is in spreading dope," said Henry Thomas, Georgia Music Assn. Founder, CEO.

He's spreading flyers in the area to have them support that effort.

"It's going to take the community to realize that if we're going to live on the north side and think we can live in peace we better clean up the Southside, and the eastside," said Thomas.

On Saturday they'll take an action so people here can also live in peace.

"This use to be called action Jackson, not it's time for it to be called take action Jackson," said Mayo.

The take action rally and block party starts tomorrow at 11am and will go as long as the community shows up.

It's in the 2100 block of South Jackson Street in the open field.

Arthur Mayo tells us he's working to offer people in the neighborhood training on vocational skills.

Mayo also wants to fix up some abandoned properties and turn them into low income housing.

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