The Tifton community came together tonight to celebrate the accomplishments of an African American pioneer.
A banquet was held in honor of Dee and Doc Melton. Doc was the first African American to run for office in Tift County, opening the doors for black politicians. In 1966 he ran for county commissioner.
Members of his family say Doc encouraged the community to come together and love one another. Rue'Nette Melton says her father stood up for equality in the civil rights era.
"He took a stand in Tift County to fight against those racial issues when no one else would. He made sure that black people would be respected, that we could have clean communities and any and everything that he felt we needed, he made sure that he would be that forerunner to get it done," said Rue'Nette Melton.
Martin Luther King III was tonight's keynote speaker.