On July 18, 1946, a white mob shot 37-year-old WWII Veteran Maceo Snipes at his home in Butler, Georgia. The day before, Mr. Snipes had exercised his Constitutional right to vote in the Georgia Democratic Primary and was the only Black man to vote in the Taylor County election. For this he was targeted and lynched.
On the 76th anniversary of his murder, in a special program in advance of the July 18 General Membership Meeting, Chair of the NAACP Camden County Branch’s Political Action Committee, Kevin Walker, led a presentation to honor the legacy of Maceo Snipes and commemorate his courage. Mr. Snipes’ killing moved a teenage Martin Luther King, Jr. to write a letter to the editor of the Atlanta Constitution in protest, arguably beginning his civil rights advocacy. Links to learn more about Maceo Snipes are available here and here.
Special thanks to Branch Executive Committee Member Pastor Irving C. Anderson for providing space at Harvest Chapel.
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Excerpt from Kevin Walker's closing remarks in commemoration of Maceo Snipes.