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Albany Civil Rights Institute needs your support

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By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – One year ago, the Albany Civil Rights Institute had only 80 members. What a difference a year makes. Today, membership is up to nearly 300, and the director hopes you'll help it grow to 500 next year.

He also encourages you to support the museum by buying a brick paver for Freedom Plaza or by giving an end of year charitable donation. Executive Director Lee Formwalt said, "we've had gifts ranging from a dollar. One lady sent a dollar bill in, and that meant as much to us as the woman who sent us $500 because it came from the heart."

Wednesday was the 55th anniversary of what many people consider the beginning of the civil rights movement, the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger. Her arrest led to a bus boycott that brought Martin Luther King to prominence.

Formwalt says the Albany Institute highlights the courage of many south Georgians who, like Rosa Parks, risked their own safety to stand up for what was right.

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