Augusta, Georgia, Reporter discussed on All Things Considered

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Who provide appear based approach to solving their client's biggest challenges. Consultant's collective dot net. 50 years ago, race riots broke out in Augusta, Georgia, and these people look back to what happened. Then they see many similarities to what's happening in the U. S. This year. NPR remembers the Augusta Race riot next. On all things considered. On the next Commonwealth Club program. We explore the complex relationship between communities of color and the oil refineries and power plants that generate pollution where they operate. But those industries air, also a source of jobs, tax, dollars and cheap energy. How can we solve the dirty energy dilemma tonight at 8 P.m. on It's increasingly clear that just one of the two presidential candidates is ready to accept November's election result. What happens after November 3rd next time on one A. Tonight at nine o'clock? This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Ari Shapiro and I'm Tanya, mostly Augusta. Georgia is best known for the Masters golf Tournament and is the home of James Brown. But 50 years ago, it became synonymous with something else. A civil rights riot. It was quickly forgotten. But the causes and reactions to the uprisings are profoundly similar to what's happening in the U. S Today. Reporter cease to Ciara looks back a black teenager suspiciously dies in a county jail. Law enforcement's explanation doesn't line up with the boy's injuries. People protest in the streets These events didn't happen. Last month, they happened in 1970 in Georgia's second largest city. A CBS News reporter Phil Jones explained at the time that protest became an uprising. Things just seemed to fall apart. Last May, 11th when blacks teed off on a 100 block area, and when police moved in to put a stop to it all bollocks. Where's through the air? And when it was all over six black men were dead for two days. 1000 black residents rebelled against the city. Systemic oppression, seven miles of neighborhoods and businesses were ransacked and vandalized. Until then, Augusta's white leaders have proclaimed black people were happy, Henry Allen Green told the WSB news reporter. They had been willfully blind. Green was Augusta Colleges, student body president. The black people in Augusta are tired of being told that there is no racial problem here. Where's our local officials have not seen a problem Now? The nation knows that Augusta has a problem. Census data showed only 20% of Augusta's African American adults have high school diplomas. Residents in several black neighborhoods had petitioned for sewerage and water for almost 20 years, But it was the death of Charles Oatman that pushed people past their limits. He was a 16 year youth here in Augusta, who was in jail for killing his niece. He had mental problems. Grady Abrams was a city councilman at the time, he says Oatman had the intellectual capabilities of a second grader, and he only weighed about £100 nonetheless. The judge put him in the county jail without bond. OMON complained to his family that he was being abused. Six weeks later, police delivered his body to a funeral home. The undertaker called Abrahams. He had three long gashes across this back about a haven inch deep about a foot law. The back of his skull was busted out. He had cigarette burns all over his body. Sailors on. Lee said that he had fallen off of his bunk after a card game. The news spread fast, and the sheriff responded by promising an investigation. 12. Hours later, he announced its conclusion to other juvenile's An open cell had beaten the boy to death. Not many black Augustine's believed that story. The consensus was that jailers had killed Oatman, an outrage turned to violence. If this sounds familiar, Cory Rogers isn't surprised. We often kick the can down the road, and I think that's one of the issues why every 50 or so years. You see this resurgence. Rogers is the historian at the Lucy Craft, Lainey Museum of Black History in Augusta. The notion of integration and super right It's It's a 150 years.

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