According to the most recent census figures, Houston County has a larger population than neighboring Bibb County. And every ten years, the census provides a snapshot of the growth. Houston NAACP President Rutha Jackson commented on Houston’s growth which includes Warner Robins that has a majority-minority population with African-Americans comprising approximately 40 percent of the city population. Overall, Warner Robins has a city population approaching 80,000.
Ms. Jackson said the following: “Growth has been phenomenal. Many people have relocated here because of RAFB and our school system. Having been a teacher now retired in Houston County, our system is the best economically. It is incumbent upon us to fill out the Census to improve the quality of living in this County. There will be major dollars allotted to this county for a better standard of living. We want our share of the pie, especially for low-income families living in substandard housing.”
Jackson also spoke about nationwide protects and the importance of unity, especially in regard to the diverse crowds.
“Unity means coming together for a common purpose. Working together towards completing that goal by utilizing all available resources. All parties involved doing the same thing to support a cause. It’s important for our White Brothers and Sisters to say something. African Americans have been in this fight alone trying to change a systemic system of racism and very little change has happened. With our White Brothers and Sisters speaking out and joining with us our voice is louder and more will happen. They finally see what we have known for 400 years that Black Bodies have been the victims of racism. We are done dying.”
The Houston County branch of the NAACP will also provide an opportunity for people to register to vote at a June 13 unity march, and Jackson also mentions they want to make a difference in this upcoming election.