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Merging schools issue turns into battle

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A proposal to merge the Valdosta and Lowndes County school systems is turning into a battle.

People against consolidation are having a "Vote No on Consolidation" march Saturday.

It starts in front of the chamber of commerce and ends at M.L.K. park.

Organizers say they were insulted by an ad on local radio stations that implied Martin Luther King, Junior would have been in favor of consolidating the school systems.

"It dilutes the minority vote and it dilutes representation on our school board and that is not something people in the NAACP or SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) gave their lives for back in the 60s when we were pushing to end Jim Crow in the south," said Leigh Touchton, the Valdosta NAACP President.

The consolidation referendum will be on the ballot in Valdosta on November 8th.

NAACP President Leigh Touchton will be one of the speakers at Saturday's march.

Here's more information on the march this Saturday from the Friends of Valdosta City Schools:

The purpose of the March is to keep Dr. Martin Luther's dream alive and to peacefully protest the insulting nature shown to Dr. King's legacy and the injustice that has been shown to citizens of Lowndes County by a group that is trying to destroy the Valdosta City School System.  Be part of this historic march that begins at 9:00 am, in front of the Chamber of Commerce (Old Tommy Griner Motors) on North Ashley St. and proceed to the MLK Monument on the corner of MLK and Ashley Street.  There will be guest speakers, music and refreshments.  Bring the whole family and have your voice count this Sat. Oct. 22, 9:00 at the Vote "NO" for Consolidation March.  


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