Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
February 28, 2006
Albany-- Even as Black History Month comes to an end, some African-Americans want to make sure we realize and remember trailblazers who worked and sacrificed and made history right here in south Georgia. One man hopes to continue his father's dream.
Reverend Yaz Johnson preaches on Sundays but the rest of the week the photographer can be found bringing life to colorful pictures. "I just enjoy what I do," says Johnson. But the biggest inspiration for Johnson lies in pictures of black and white. They show his father.
"I miss him tremendously," says Johnson.
His father helped lead the way to many changes in Albany. "My father, Reverend Johnnie Johnson, Jr. is the one that actually initiated and made the change for the city employees here in Albany, Georgia," says Johnson. In 1972, Johnson walked off his job as a public works employee.
"There came a time when he just said enough was enough," says Johnson. More than 200 other city employees followed him because of unequal pay and unequal treatment. "Garbage was building up for weeks, no black employees working at that particular time," says Johnson.
Johnson won a discrimination suit that forced the city to provide blacks with equal pay and allow them to apply for supervisory positions. "It's a lot better. There's a saying that if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything," says Lt. James Williams of the Albany Police Department.
Williams knew Johnson and says he wouldn't be where he is without his stand. "We've come a long way but we still have a long ways to go," says Williams.
In 1979, Gary Ball was one of 15 black firemen out of about 170. "If that individual, if Reverend Johnson didn't step forward, then who knows what would it be like today," says Ball. Johnson's son continues to credit his father for paving the way for many city positions and will continue to fight for his dream.
"I'm going to continue to keep my father's legacy alive," says Johnson. He's making sure those pictures and memories don't fade.
Yaz Johnson says he'll continue working to get the city to name a public building in honor of his father.