Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
"Before I be slave, I'll be buried in my grave, and go home to my Lord and be free..." Pastor H. C. Boyd remembers that spiritual hymn, and a time when men created equal were not treated equal.
"When I saw whites riding the school bus and we had to walk, and they would pass by on the school bus many times and throw out spit balls and call us names," he said.
As the Pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, he held mass meetings along side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. disregarding threats to his life, his family, and his church.
"Now there were churches in Lee County, three in Terrell County, that was burned during that time, this one could have been, but I took the chance because I held that you had to have a meeting place, and if you did not have a meeting place, that would have discouraged or maybe kept it from happening," Boyd said.
And the Albany Civil Rights Movement was born. "We were taught that everything worth living for is worth dying for, and I was willing to put my life on the line."
Many had to give up their jobs to join the movement, and churches provided them shelter.
"There were times when they had to sleep in the church because there were whites and blacks that had sleeping bags in the church, because they were denied to go to the motels," Boyd said.
A trail of footprints in front of the church symbolize the marches that originated at Shiloh. "As they went from Shiloh, they left singing..."
It has been 50 years and he says it is a different world today. "We have black policemen now, we have integrated schools now, we have eating at any place you want to now, we have black tellers now, we have black commissioners now, we have black school board members now, we have got a whole lot of results."
A lot of results, thanks largely to the work of the church, but he says we still have a long way to go.