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Courthouse dedicated to King's memory

November 8, 2002 Albany-- Civil rights attorney and leader,C. B. King, received one of the highest honors that anyone could receive, when the federal courthouse in Downtown Albany was named in his honor.

Supporters and family came to honor a man they say helped South Georgia blacks fight for equality and justice. Attorney Chevene Bowers King, Sr. emerged as a fearless young attorney in South Georgia.

Many say they will never erase an ugly picture of the civil rights struggle from their minds-- when King was hit in the head by Dougherty County Sheriff "Cull" Campbell, because he insisted on seeing one of his jailed clients, who was also a SNCC worker.

This is just one event of many that creates the vast mosaic of King's legacy, and one more piece was added Friday as the C. B. King Federal Courthouse was dedicated. Representative Sanford Bishop told the crowd King's legacy is something we can all learn from. "King's legacy will live on forever. He was a fearless leader."

King's widow, Carole and his youngest son, Clennon, say King was more than just a leader, he was a great father and husband. "He tried to help as many people as he could, whenever he could," said Carole King. "He was Dad.

Even though he worked hard each day, he always at home every night," Clennon said. Many say the wings on the front of the federal courthouse symbolize the wings he gave many Africans-Americans their wings to fly over injustice and fly to success. C. B. King. Sr. died at the age of sixty-four in 1988 at a cancer treatment center in Mexico.

The C B. King Memorial Scholarship Dinner at the Civic Center concluded the day's activities in King's honor. School children also had a chance to learn more about C.B. King's legacy during the dedication ceremony.

Many of the students at today's dedication's say they have learned a lot about a man who paved the way for them. They say they have great admiration for King, and they hope to continue his legacy and learn from the many lessons he taught people.

Fifth grader, Brianna Richardson, says, "Mr. King is a role model. He helped so many people in Albany. Fifth grader, Justin Pride, says, "He was a lawyer for many Blacks who couldn't afford a lawyer, and he helped give them legal counsel."

Students from several schools in Dougherty county attended Friday's ceremony.

Posted at 4:50PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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