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 By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   Two Dougherty County students learn the history of the Civil Rights movement while meeting some of the people who were instrumental in obtaining the rights they enjoy today.

 

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee celebrated its 50th Anniversary this month at Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina.

The Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative sent the girls who had the fortune to meet stars like Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte, as well as Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka.

They also learned more about the Civil Rights movement, and how people from Albany, like Charles Sherrod were instrumental in achieving the rights they have today.

 "It expands your knowledge of what's going on in society these days. Most teens don't even know, they're not aware of things that happen and we should know our rights," Sophomore A'Kera Watson said.

"It's been said and it is true, that they're our leaders and the future leaders and they're the ones that's going to be leading the pathway, so information and education is always empowering and important for youth," said Youth Organizer Pam Belk.

 50 girls from Southwest Georgia will participate in a weeklong leadership project in June.

This weekend, there is a racial healing conference taking place for Southern Rural black women in Norman Park.

 

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