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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany man plans a new push to have a county building named after his father.

Johnnie Johnson Junior filed a landmark lawsuit in the 1970s against the City of Albany over their hiring practices and pay scale for black workers.

He and more than 200 workers went on strike. Johnson won the lawsuit.

Yaz Johnson says his father paved the way for equal employment in the city, he thinks recognition is long overdue.

"Because of that particular lawsuit because of the heroism of my father taking that stand we now have a black mayor, black city commissioners, and a black police chief, all these jobs available to blacks that previously weren't," Pastor Yaz Johnson, Johnnie Johnson Jr.'s son.

Several years ago, Johnson asked county leaders to name the government center after his father.

He didn't get very far because the county had no rules on how building names are selected.

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