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January 16, 2006

Albany- Millions of Americans honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Monday night at an annual celebration in Albany, south Georgians remembered the civil rights leader and relived past struggles.

The 2006 King Celebration at the Albany Civic Center was about celebrating freedom. The freedom that allowed Rear Admiral Anthony Winns of Arlington to advance through the ranks to the Pentagon and freedoms that call everyone to action.

"We can all serve, I'm serving in the military, but you don't have to serve in the military, you can serve in your local community, you can serve in your local public service, so there's something that everyone in this country can do," said Rear Admiral Anthony Winns, Arlington.

Gloria Stlyes brought her great granddaughter Achaunti Swan so she could hear more about the struggle for freedom, the very same struggles her great grandmother faced.

"During the 60's I was apart of that movement and I have told her about it and naturally I wanted her to see it," said Gloria Styles, Albany.

It was a chance for Freedom Fighters like John Perdew who was arrested several times and beaten for standing up for others freedoms in south Georgia to share their experiences through a play portraying his life.

"I think a lot of people who were born after the 60's, unfortunately have very little idea of what happened especially of what happened in their own home town in Albany or Americus or Cordele, Thomasville, Tifton, Moultrie, there were movements all over southwest Georgia," said John Perdew, Freedom Fighter.

"I think what he did was great for all people," said Corey Chism, Young Marine.

For the younger generation, it was a chance to expand what they already know about King.

"He's the kind of person he doesn't believe in violence, he liked solving things by non violence," said Chism.

A chance to further King's message to future generations and possibly spark a dream in one of them.

"It's very important to keep the dream alive," said Winns.

More than 800 people attended Monday's event. Money from the event will go to benefit the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum and the Dixie League. Seven south Georgians were honored tonight for furthering King's legacy.  Those honored included, Billy J. Robinson, John Perdew, Dorothy Hubbard, Ella Miller, Kieth Hose, Rosaling Hobbs, and Ben Roberts.

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