York ad removed
Macon Telegraph/July 15, 2006
By Travis Fain
An image of Malachi York, the leader of the Nuwaubian movement
who is serving a federal sentence for child molestation, has been
gracing the side of a Macon public bus.
It's not clear how long advertisements proclaiming the
innocence of the cult leader were on the bus, but Macon Transit
Authority Chairwoman Lynn Cass said the signs should be down by
"We'd told them two weeks ago to take it off," Cass said.
"Obviously they did not."
Advertising on the buses is handled by Lamar Advertising
through a contract with the authority. Someone called Cass about
the signs, which she said were on one bus and a bus-stop bench.
She called authority general manager Carl Jackson, who then called
Lamar Advertising to remove the signs.
"It's not a good representation of the authority and its
citizens," Jackson said.
Ryan Terrell, of Lamar Advertising, said all the signs should
have been down some time ago, but one was still on a bus as
recently as Friday.
York, who at times has claimed to be from another planet, was
convicted on 10 counts of child molestation and racketeering in
2004. He was sentenced to 135 years in federal prison, and
authorities seized and then sold the Nuwaubian compound in Putnam
County, which featured pyramids and other Egyptian-style
Some of York's followers continue to proclaim his innocence
and, in May, a billboard was put up in Putnam County showing
York's picture and the Web site.
The bus advertisements reference the same site, which is full
of various Nuwaubian philosophies. There's one section on the
"conspiracy, judicial misconduct and prosecutorial vindictiveness
involved in the case against an innocent man, Rev. Dr. Malachi Z.
Attempts to reach a Nuwaubian representative were not
successful Friday. There was no answer at the telephone number
listed on the Web site, and Terrell said he could not give out
contact information for whoever ordered the advertising. Terrell
also said he couldn't disclose how much was paid for the ads.