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Civil rights icon dies

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By Kimberly Page - bio | email

January 7, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man who fought for civil rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has died.

George Hawthorne, Jr. died Saturday.

Last year at a King Day ceremony downtown, Hawthorne talked to us about marching with Dr. King and continuing his legacy.

Back in June 2007, Hawthorne spoke out against gangs in his neighborhood and helped get police to crack down on the problem.

Hawthorne was 72 years old.

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