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Sherrods headline Civil Rights fundraiser

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A well-known Albany couple will talk about their experiences fighting for Civil Rights to raise money for the Albany Civil Rights Institute.    

Charles Sherrod began his civil rights work as a college student and met his wife while canvassing the streets of Newton. 

Shirley Sherrod gained national fame last year when she was forced to resign from the Department of Agriculture after an edited video clip of a speech she gave inaccurately portrayed her as racist.   The Secretary of Agriculture later apologized and offered to rehire her.    

The couple will share their experiences with an audience at the Civil Rights Institute Friday night. 

Executive Director Lee Formwalt said, "It's an opportunity for people in Albany to come out and hear their story directly from them and probably for the first time to be able to see them and talk to them directly."    

A reception begins at 6 PM followed by the program at 7:30.     Tickets are $25.  You can get tickets by calling 432-1698.

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