THE ALBANY SOUTHWEST GEORGIAN is an icon in this community. It is historic. A.C. Searles was revered for his love of community, as an educator, as a coach and for his tenacious coverage of the Albany Movement. He taught my mom at Madison High School during the World War II and went on to teach my generation and many others at Monroe High School. For everything that he did for us, we thank him and his successors, Art and Giselle Searles. As the Searles Family moves on, I am proud to do what I can working with the publisher and staff to continue the legacy and to enter responsibly into the next phase. We ask for your prayers and support!
As editor, I will be working with the publisher and the staff that has been assembled to ensure that our vision for the paper is maintained, continuously crystalized and nurtured. We want to be your instrument. We want to carry your message, the messages from your families, from your neighborhoods, from your churches, from your sororities and from your businesses. We will be a voice for the voiceless. We will tell the stories of the good people of Southwest Georgia. We know that we are more than Shot, Stabbed and Robbed. We are hardworking mothers, fathers and families. We are honest and descent people who care about and respect each other. We are people who when handed a lemon made lemonade. It is time for us to define ourselves and not have others tell us who we are.
Frederick Douglass, who was an ex-slave, abolitionist, writer, publisher and editor of THE NORTH STAR said, “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave,” well folks, we are going to fit in a little knowledge as well. We are going to see how we can free our minds and God given talents to the benefit of us all. We will educate ourselves on those matters that affect the quality of our lives. We are going to talk about what makes a good citizen and what makes a good representative of the people. We are going to find ways to encourage participation in the civic, social, religious and economic life of Albany, Georgia, and beyond. While we elect and respect our representatives in government and even in our churches, we are going to see how we can help them to be the best representatives of ourselves possible. Working together, we can do it.
I grew up here. I can trace my family back to slavery here. I know the family that owned my ancestors. I am Albany born, Albany bred and Albany committed. The red clay of Southwest Georgia will receive my bones just as it did four generations before me. I am honored to take on this responsibility as editor and will welcome your ideas.
I look forward to hearing from you. What is your story? What do you want to know?