Guest Editorial: Music of the Civil Rights era

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - This guest editorial is presented by Rutha M. Harris and W. Frank Wilson.

Albany has a unique place in history, and the memory of that history will be bolstered by a grant to teach young people about the music that helped propel the civil rights struggle that took place here over 50 years ago.

The Georgia Humanities Council has provided a $2,000 grant to the Albany Civil Rights Institute to teach the freedom songs performed by the Albany Civil Rights Freedom Singers to younger generations.

These songs will be preserved and ultimately archived through future generations, who have been the beneficiaries of the work done by civil rights pioneers in the early 1960s.

Civil Rights icon Rutha Harris and a community based planning committee are developing strategies to recruit youth from both public and private schools in Southwest Georgia.

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.