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South Georgia Women Inducted Into Hall of Fame

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January 25, 2008

Albany -- Some under-appreciated women got their moment in the spotlight tonight.

They're now hall of famers.

Five South Georgia women were honored for outstanding contributions to their communities.

Tonight in Albany, the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative held its second Georgia hall of fame induction ceremony.

The group has chapters in 77 counties in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

The hall of fame aims to promote a sense of pride and preservation of the women's local legacies.

SRBWI Coordinator Mikhiela Sherrod said, "They're often the ones that are overlooked because they're not the big names, but they've been the backbone in their communities for a lot of social change."

Tonight's inductees were Mayor Mary Jo Howard of Camilla, Leola Williams of Newton, Carol King and Dr. Patricia Johnson of Albany, and Leila Walker of Sylvester.

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop were special guests at the event.

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