Group to Hold Protest Rally

A new police chief will assume his duties next week in Meridian. But a group called Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion remains opposed to him and how he was chosen for the job.

Members held a news conference Thursday to announce a protest rally will be held and to encourage others to participate in a call for the city council to withdraw its confirmation of Lee Shelbourn.

"Where do we stand? I thought we were the community," said the Rev. Milton Johnson, chairman of Citizens for Diversity and Inclusion. "I thought the community elected who's supposed to be in office. And the community should have a choice or it would be able to sit down at the table and discuss who it is you're bringing in as the new police chief."

The group plans to hold t rally Sunday at 3 p.m. at Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian.

It's also questioning the transfer of Meridian's fire chief to a position as grant writer. Jeff Homan, who is white, was replaced by Anthony Clayton, a veteran firefighter who is black.

Meridian's form of government allows mayors to choose their own department heads, who do not have civil service protection.


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  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 29, 2009 at 12:19 AM
    Terry please pick up a phone book call ask red cross for disclosures on moneys spent . they wil be happy to send you all the info...... next fact .. Fema & Red cross worked together and most times was Red cross that got done what FEMA couldn't do or didnt know how to do... next as far as white people not getting in evolved fact is one never involved and two what i have seen of the leaders when the talk I have second thoughts as well.. well educated ones open the mouth and spew out well far from the truth on some things and use words like T.P. just to get emotions going .. they are not leaders they are itching powered...
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    what is this world coming too!I feel like cheri berry did was right! She thought they were the best people for the job and people should drop it!I think some people are just trying to start crap since Percy Bland didn't get mayor!People need to grow up! Cheri Berry is the mayor so get over it!
  • by Terry Location: Dekalb Mississippi on Sep 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    Wonder how much of AMERICA RED CROSS money Cheri Barry spent on herself. She were alway asking for donating after donating,but where did the donation do towards,because FEMA alway had to step in to help a family in need or MUITI COUNTY.
  • by Kim Location: Meridian on Sep 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM
    To Mischa,the reason why the group dont look DIVERSE is because WHITE ppls fail to participate with the group. How many times have they invited the public to attend??? The white ppls which to talk crap,but they are the ones whos never show up for any of the meeting,but they go to QUEEN CITY TRUCK STOP to talk about BLACK PPLS.Mischa,It's black ppls like you that will never get ahead,because you enjoy kissing up to white folks
  • by Loretta Location: Meridian on Sep 26, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    To fed up and Linda lou,you both can take a long walk off of a short bridge
  • by Mischa on Sep 26, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    To fed up on Sept. 25. I agree with you! As a young black person, I am disgusted by that Johnson man. He is not a preacher and should stop saying that he is. Anyone that follows him needs an awakening! I don't know much about Ms. Clark, but she should distance herself from him quickly. The group doesn't seem to be diverse at all. I don't know who was crazy enough to vote him in as NAACP President, but none of my family will be joining it as long as he is the "leader"! It is time for all of this hatred to stop- white toward black, black toward white!!! Let's work together for the betterment of our city!
  • by lee Location: meridian on Sep 26, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    It's not this groups responsability to judge people. Obviously the rev. needs to get in his Bible and concentrate more about on turning people to the LORD instead of creating divide. He obviously hasn't been in the word because he would know that what he is doing isn't Christ like. I pray for your soul rev..
  • by Linda Lou Location: county on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:15 PM
    Well put Fed Up. Loretta you and your "white ppls" remarks are quite humorous. You're living in your own little world of hate.
  • by ED Location: MERIDIAN on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    ok ok enough of the bashing.. when she was in charge of the red cross and she ran it well all and i will bet more then just a few that have posted at one time or another needed her help... and she pulled through for all.. she knows what she is doing flat.. all you that run the lips so far all that has been said one is rumors or lies themselves. that you have repeated on here two you shown your great Mississippi edumaction here with the lack or what should have been taught in school to you but would say you kissed the lessons on how things should be run.. all have seen this city fall apart.. under what was in power for the last years ..... all have yipped about it but yet the very same that yipped now yip again because it isnt done their way.. GET OVER IT.. you cant fix it toss it... the last mayor's lies are now coming out.. all that was done kept from the public that should have been disclosed from the Marion troubles to bad floods to 3 FT. to city hall to jobs.
  • by Anyhony Location: Meridian,Ms. on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    Enough already, sounds like the only ones who have plenty of time on our hands are the ones that are typing this hate ____ crap online. Yeah me too! This chief is a part of the klu klux klan family, he is arrogant. But i believe he will serve Cheri Berry well. Just like you think this protest is stupid. Well the tea party was stupid too. But did any black people comment or protest them. Meridian will always be divide. You have some whites that will do right. Some so far gone with racism that it want do any good. You have some of my black people that's so racist or don't care about whats going in the world that you can't reach them. We have some blacks like the whites that are to high on their high horses. Then we have the blacks that's like me that works hard for a living to give our kids and spouses everything they need. We are all alike in many of ways. But some are more inorangant then others. If they want to protest then ____ so be it. I wish i could join them but i work a lot.
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