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ACRI host community night

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Decades after integrating Albany High School, some African American students told stories from that historic time Thursday night.

Several of the school's first black graduates spoke at the Albany Civil Rights Institute.

They transferred from Monroe High School in 1965 and were part of Albany High's first integrated graduating class in 1967.

"It was like going to battle everyday, the things we had to go through, spit balls, name calling. We would go into the lunchroom and we would always have a seat because when we came in they all left," said Robert Thomas, Albany High Class of 1963.

"We had to lift ourselves up because we were there to make life better for those who would come after us," Kathleen Caldwell, Albany High Class of 1968.

The forum was part of the Albany Civil Rights Institute's first Monthly Community Night of the year.

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