Macon Woman Organizes MLK Bus Trip

10:43 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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Growing up in the small town of Claxton, Ga., wasn't always picturesque. When Sarah Hunt was11, she and a friend heard  white men talking about killing a woman they knew.

They told the woman what they heard, so that night she prepared for what was to come, a visit from some local Klansmen.

"We heard this loud scream. And she had set it up where her window was up, and she had the latch on the door. They had to stick their hand in the window to open the latch and she chopped that mans arm with her axe," said Sarah Hunt.

Years later, Hunt remembers being one of the first black employees at a store in Claxton. "It was cruel, the people were so cruel and evil. I have been pushed into counter shelves," she said.

As a teen Hunt's aunt wouldn't let her go to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom because she though it was too dangerous.

But now, 50 years later, she's organizing a bus trip from Macon to D.C., to commemorate it.

"This year we're going to be marching for concerning the Trayvon Martin case, the stand your ground law, we're trying to get that revoked," she said.

Middle Georgia State College student Tyler Horne is going to be on that bus. "Coming together to preserve history and to make sure that the message that Doctor King stood for and what a lot of people back during this revolutionary period fought for stays alive," said Horne.

He says there is still lots of work to be done.

"The original purpose of the march, the need for that change, still exists. There is still high unemployment," said Horne.

Hunt says Horne is passionate about improvements that need to be made, especially in Macon. And that young people can learn a lot from this march.

"If we educate them properly they're gonna be the ones that turn things around," said Hunt.

Horne says this is something he'll remember for the rest of his life.

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