COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - Harry Sanders announced he is stepping down as president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning.
He is still a member of the Board and will continue to supervise District 1.
This announcement comes two weeks after he made comments many people considered to be racist.
In a comment to the Commercial Dispatch, Sanders said black Americans “became dependent” during slavery and have remained that way.
After news of his remarks surfaced, some members of the public called for his resignation.
Protesters gathered outside the Lowndes County Courthouse Tuesday morning as supervisors met inside.
In response to the news, the CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK Joe Max Higgins expressed his disappointment in Sanders and condemned his remarks.
Sanders declined an interview following Tuesday's meeting.
Edited: Replaced "resignation" with "stepping down" for clarity.