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Civil Rights Institute honors South Georgians for service

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Albany Civil Rights Institute honored South Georgians for their community service Friday night.

The institute recognized Civil Rights Icon Charles Sherrod and the legendary Bob's Candies company run by the McCormack family for more than 80 years.

The family sold the company 10 years ago.

The Boyd-Grant Community Service Awards honor a citizen and a business who have helped change Albany and Southwest Georgia.

"We need to look back and give some accolades to folks who bridged the gap, who were there in the cut for us, and I think it's important that we recognize all folk," said ACRI Executive Director Frank Wilson. "Charles Sherrod and Bob's Candies were certainly main staged for this community during the Civil Rights Era."

The awards are named in honor of Reverends H.C. Boyd and E. James Grant who opened the doors of their churches for mass meetings during the Civil Rights Movement.

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