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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Nearly 200 people gathered in Albany Saturday morning to re-enact the historic 1961 march to the Dougherty County Courthouse.

After a ceremony inside Shiloh Baptist church were Dr. King once gave a speech, people gathered outside the church to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Albany movement.

They left the spot where the movement began and followed the painted foot steps to the bus station, then to the courthouse.

It was organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

At the time, Albany's black citizens marched against the denial of their right to vote, use public accommodations, and their right to hold certain jobs.

"From those speeches at Shiloh they walked to the courthouse to challenge the city and county on the grounds of racial segregation," said John White, SCLC President.

From those speeches at Shiloh they took that walk took that walk to downtown to challenge the city and county on the grounds of racial segregation and not allowing black people to vote so 50-years later these young people need to know their history.

The SCLC hoped the march would also educate others about the Leadership of Dr. King and those local heroes and heroines who fought the fight for equality and justice.

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