Hundreds Travel From South GA Demanding Justice For Ahmaud Arbery

Amanda Cooper
June 21, 2020 - 3:22 am

Hundreds of protestors with the Justice Initiative and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) spent Juneteenth traveling more than 250 from south Georgia to the State Capitol demanding justice for Ahmaud Arbery.  

The south Georgia caravan was led by Reverend Ferrell Malone, Sr., Founder of Justice Initiative. They began in Waycross Ga and made several stops in Tifton, Cordele, Macon,  before making their final stop at the Georgia Bar Association in Atlanta.  Upon arrival, activist and attorney Gerald Griggs along with more local demonstrators joined the group, and they all led a protest march to the Georgia State Capitol. 

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Rev. Malone says their purpose is to continue formal recall efforts for DAs Johnson & Barnhill. He told me that after the murder of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020, justice was denied justice for 74 days due to the mishandling of the investigation by Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson, Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill, and others.  Delays and other efforts by Johnson and Barnhill almost led to the facts surrounding Mr. Arbery’s murder, and both Johnson and Barnhill have remained in office. However, Malone and so many others, feel these officials no longer enjoy the public confidence needed to serve and should be removed immediately.  

At the Georgia State Capitol, Charles Steele, Jr, CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), was a featured speaker. I had an opportunity to speak with him about injustice in the criminal justice system the called to remove District Attorney Georgia E. Barnhill Sr., reparations, and his thoughts about what seems to be a reemergence of the civil rights movement. 

Watch highlights of the protest at the Georgia Bar Association and Georgia State Capitol. Featured speakers were Reverend Ferrell Malone, Sr., Group Leader and Founder of Justice Initiative, Attorney Gerald Griggs, Activist and 1st Vice President of Atlanta NAACP, and  Charles Steele, Jr, CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).