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Shirley and Charles Sherrod discuss Civil Rights Movement

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A couple of south Georgia civil rights icons shared their vivid memories of the movement at the Albany Civil Rights Institute Friday night.

Dozens of people listened to Charles and Shirley Sherrod share about their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement.

Mr. Sherrod spoke about leading safe, organized marches. Mrs. Sherrod shared her struggle to forgive a white man who killed her father 45-years ago Friday. She also mentioned other initiatives she supports here in southwest Georgia including a farmers market.

"The exciting thing is, you have a real diverse group working on this," said Sherrod. "The group is white and black. It's elected and non-elected officials."

She ways it would also bring an economic boost to the community. Sherrod has been speaking all over the country after she gained national attention last year. She lost her job with the U-S Department of Agriculture after a conservative blogger posted an edited clip of a speech she gave that unfairly portrayed her as racist.

Sherrod will speak in Jackson, Mississippi Saturday. Friday's event raised money for the Civil Rights Institute.

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