ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The NAACP has been fighting for racial justice in this country for more than 100 years. Friday night the Albany-Dougherty Branch of the NAACP held their 37th Annual Freedom Awards Banquet. Leaders say, despite much progress the group is as relevant as ever.
Friday night's banquet was filled with inspirational singing, heartfelt messages from community leaders, and the recognition of NAACP members who are doing outstanding work in the community.
"We just honoring them for their hard work throughout the year and pretty much throughout a lifetime," said Derrick Linkhorn, Albany-Dougherty NAACP President.
Local President Derrick Linkhorn says recent stories in the headlines show why the NAACP is still important. He says the group worked to end unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
"So you get the city calm, stop the rioting, then you have dialogue, then you come to some resolution about stuff, then you will begin to get justice, they just want justice that's all," said Linkhorn.
Friday, the Atlanta Hawks announced General Manager Danny Ferry is on indefinite leave after making insensitive remarks about a black NBA player. Earlier this week, one of the team's owners decided to sell his stake because of a racially charged email he sent. Linkhorn says the NAACP is also on top of that situation.
"The people are going to decide about that and the NAACP the Atlanta chapter they already on the scene with that," said Linkhorn.
Despite high profile setbacks, Linkhorn believes the country is making racial progress with the help of the NAACP.
"We are progressing because if it wasn't for the NAACP, People out in the street their voices wouldn't be heard," said Linkhorn.
He says there is more to be done, and he wants the NAACP to be part of a unified fight for justice. To join the Albany-Dougherty NAACP Branch contact Derrick Linkhorn at 229-432-7941 or visit their office at 136 N. Magnolia Street.