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Should new Albany bridge get civil rights leader's name?

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The family of an Albany man who sued the city and won equal wages for black city employees continues an effort for a permanent way to honor him.

In 1972, Johnnie Johnson got tired of being paid less and treated differently than his white counterparts. He walked off his job, and 260 other black employees followed him. He sued the city and won. Tuesday, his son, Pastor Yaz Johnson, will ask the city commission to considering naming the new Broad Avenue Bridge in memory of his father.

"I believe this is the time and the season for something to happen and particularly the bridge and the theme of bridging the gap, I think that that is a fitting monument as well," said Pastor Yaz Johnson.

The family has previously asked that public buildings be named in Johnson's honor. Documents from the Johnson lawsuit and pictures of the city strike are on display at the Civil Rights Institute.

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