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January 20, 2003

Dawson-- Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. spent many days here in Southwest Georgia during his civil rights movement. Those visits were captured forever on camera, and now the photographs travel to educate people. Monday, the stop was at a small church in Dawson.

Pictures bring back memories of how things used to be. "Even my kids don't really know the magnitude of where we were and were we are now, a lot of change to talk about," said Isiah Kelley of Albany.

Kelley brought his wife and two kids on a "Journey toward Freedom", a temporary civil rights exhibit at Raines Baptist Church in Dawson. 

"I learned a lot from parents," said 11-year-old Isiah III. "I need to know what happened. All these people went through a lot of stuff, just for us to be free and vote."

The black and white photographs teach about the high and low triumphs of the civil rights movement, including Freedom Alley in downtown Albany. "They should'nt have gotten arrested," said the younger Kelley. "In the constitution people have people freedom of speech."

11-year-old Isiah thinks the world of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. "He is a man I need to admire, along with my dad. He did a lot of good things for people."

Pictures also captured boycotts in downtown Albany, Dr. King, Coretta Scott King, and Reverend Ralph Abernathy on the courthouse steps and a wounded black man walking into the colored entrance of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

Exhibit visitors say we've come a long way, but we still have a ways to go. A Journey Toward Freedom is a traveling exhibit and raises money for restoration of the Albany Theatre.

posted at 5:35PM by dave.miller@walb.com