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January 21, 2008

Albany--It's been forty years since the passing of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Junior. To honor his memory, thousands of people around the country are remembering him today--including folks right here in southwest Georgia.

Albany's 13th annual Martin Luther King Day celebration will kick off at the Civic Center at 5:30 this evening.

January 15th would have marked King's seventy-ninth birthday.

For years, the Baptist minister fought to end racial segregation and discrimination during the 1950's and until his assassination in 1968.

Community leaders in Albany say it's important to recognize his hard work for humanity.

During tonight's event, there will be a dinner and several guest speakers, including Atlanta City councilwoman Lisa Borders.

The Turner Job Corps Choir and the Mount Zion Freedom Singers will also perform several songs.

Organizers say the event gives the community an opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of the civil rights activist.

"Every body who talked with him, walked with him are being educated. And the people who did not walk and talk with him are being educated. So it's a good event. It's a fun event. And it's going to be an impactful event, so we're asking people to please come out and participate," says organizer, Steven Belk.

The theme to this year's event is "Our Vote. Our Right. Our Responsibility." All the money raised from the King Day Celebration will go to the Albany Civil Rights Museum.  Last year, the event raised more than $100,000.  Organizers hope to raise even more money this year.

The event officially starts at 5:30 this evening at the Civic Center. It will begin with a dinner for the many sponsors who purchased tables for the event.

If you would like to attend, tickets are only twenty dollars. For ticket information, you can contact 883-8500 Extension 820.

Starting at 6: 30 PM, the event opens to the general public free of charge.

And if you go, you'll also have free access and get valuable information on voting at one of the voter ID booths. 

During the event, organizers will also name the winners for the Children of the Dream youth art competition.  Artwork from Dougherty County middle and high school students is currently on display near the Belk intrance of the Albany mall.

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