ACRI helping to pass down a tradition

ACRI helping to pass down a tradition

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - This is a news release from the Albany Civil Rights Institute:Christmas came early for the Albany Civil Rights Institute as it has been notified that it has been awarded a $2,000 grant from The Georgia Humanities Council.

Funds from this grant will be used to teach the freedom songs performed by the Albany Civil Rights Freedom Singers to younger generations which will allow these songs to be preserved and ultimately archived through future generations in the same manner.

ACRI Executive Director W. Frank Wilson, said” We are thrilled about this opportunity to engage young people in learning about the civil rights era through song.”

Civil Rights icon Ms. Rutha Harris and a community based planning committee will develop strategies to recruit youth from both public and private schools in the Southwest Georgia area beginning in January 2015.

The project is hopeful that a diverse and broad audience will participate in this unique opportunity.

This project is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly.

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