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Albany honors late civil rights leader

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Folks gathered in Albany to honor former city worker Reverend Johnnie Johnson Jr.

Sunday, the City of Albany named two buildings after the late Civil Rights leader, the wellness clinic and the public works building on Monroe Street. It was years in the making.

"For 10 years I've been petitioning trying to get something named after him and to see the day that has finally come. It bring joy to my soul," said Pastor Yaz Johnson.

In 1972, Reverend Johnson walked off the job because of unfair treatment to blacks, low pay and not being able to apply or run for city elected positions. 260 other employees walked off their jobs as well, causing the biggest city wide strike in Albany's history.

The public works building is where Johnson began his journey. His motto "Enough is Enough" was echoed throughout the dedication ceremony. His son, Pastor Yaz Johnson said he knew one day a change was coming.

"I wasn't planning on giving up, cause just like my father, he stood for a change. He's my father, his blood runs through my veins. So those particular traits that he had lives inside of me. I wasn't giving up until something happened," said Pastor Yaz Johnson.

Pastor Johnson's fight doesn't end Sunday. He will continue to fight and honor his father's name and all that he stood for.

"It doesn't just stop here. I'm going to continue to educate people about Johnnie Johnson. I thank God for allowing me to be the son, the one that continues the struggle to let people not forget," said Pastor Yaz Johnson.

Even though the road was hard, Pastor Johnson feels this dedication was right on time.

In 1972, Reverend Johnnie Johnson Jr. filed a lawsuit against the City of Albany for racial discrimination. He was represented by C. B. King and Judge Herbert Phipps, who was the keynote speaker at the dedication ceremony. They won their case in 1976.

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