Mayoral race event in Georgia open to ‘black press only’

The city of Savannah, Ga., is at the center of controversy this week after an event organized as part of an ongoing mayoral campaign apparently denied entry to all but local black journalists.

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Signs affixed to the front door advised that audio and video recording would be banned and concluded with the announcement: “Black press only!

The event at a local church was organized by Rev. Clarence Teddy Williams, whose consulting company — The Trigon Group — did not respond to requests for comment.

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Other local leaders who attended the meeting were either similarly mum or denied playing a role in the segregated admission policy.

“This is not my idea,” said Chatham County Commissioner Chester Ellis.

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