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Fitzgerald marchers break their silence

Terrell Jackson, Organizer Terrell Jackson, Organizer
Jim Turner and Stephanie King, NAACP Fitzgerald Chapter Jim Turner and Stephanie King, NAACP Fitzgerald Chapter

People in Fitzgerald came together for a peaceful demonstration Monday to raise concerns about crime and the economy to city officials.   

Marchers are making their voices heard through the "Breaking the Silence Community Awareness March."

"Speak on the crime rate, the violence, and unemployment rate,” said Terrell Jackson, Organizer.

Leading the way to the courthouse steps is Fitzgerald native, Terrell Jackson, who says the recent murder of 20-year-old Craigory Burch added fuel to the march.

"I've been wanting to do this for a while, but when that happened I had my breaking point,” said Jackson. “Something has to be done around here."

The local NAACP chapter also took part in the march.

"It does me good to see the youth take part in the activities of the community," said Jim Turner, Fitzgerald NAACP President.

"My purpose is to try to reach out to the community as well as to the government officials and we can all get on one accord and get Fitzgerald moving again and get our community back,” said Jackson.

At the courthouse steps they prayed and sang. They also expressed their concerns to the Mayor regarding economic growth and to the police chief regarding law enforcement community relations.

NAACP President Jim Turner hopes the marchers gain a valuable experience.

"I hope they get the answers they are looking for,” said Turner. “If not, gain some valuable experience in how to conduct themselves in the community and how to make their community a better place in which to live."

Jackson says they plan to hold more marches and meetings to make sure their voices are heard. 

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