Albany's Reverend H. C. Boyd was the keynote speaker this morning at Albany State University.
As Martin Luther King is celebrated near the approach of his national holiday, Boyd is uniquely qualified to speak on King and his time in Albany.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church is recognized as the birthplace of the 1960's Albany Civil Rights Movement largely because of the courageous efforts of Reverend Boyd.
He became a Civil Rights trailblazer by refusing to yield to threats by equal rights opponents.
Boyd, who permitted mass meetings to take place at the facility, became Shiloh's pastor in 1959.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed overflowing crowds from its pulpit during the 60s and today, a trail of footprints originating at Shiloh and ending at the Albany Bus Station commemorates the Albany Civil Rights marches which ended with arrests at the bus station.
Boyd received college and seminary training at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. The World War II veteran began preaching in 1946 at Engineer Chapel - Schofield Barracks on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii.
He also served as secretary of the Albany Ministerial Brotherhood, and as assistant secretary of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia.