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Editorial: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

We want to thank all those who attended and supported Monday's dinner in Albany to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We were happy to provide a live broadcast from the dinner for the 21st year, to those who could not attend around South Georgia.  

The proceeds from the event again went to support The Albany Civil Rights Institute.

Many have been observing the King Holiday in recent years, by making it a day of service.  

We can all serve others by volunteering our time and energies to make communities better places to call home for ourselves, and for others.  

That service can be on a small or larger scale. but just do what you can.

This is a week to visit the Albany Civil Rights Museum and celebrate one of the most important eras in Albany's history. 

On November 17, 1961, a group of local black leaders met at the home of an Albany dentist and organized the Albany Movement.

Over the next ten months, hundreds of brave South Georgians risked their safety, their jobs, and their freedom to march and picket and boycott for equal rights.

The movement made national headlines because Dr. Martin Luther King came and was jailed here.  He left in the summer of '62 without achieving many tangible victories, but the movement was far from a failure.

Dr. King learned lessons that helped him succeed in his future efforts.  

The Freedom Singers took the music of the Albany Movement around the country, inspiring activists in every corner of America.  Black South Georgians began registering to vote in huge numbers.  And within a year, the city of Albany repealed all segregation ordinances on the books.

We could still do much to improve race relations in South Georgia, but we should all be grateful for the strength and sacrifice of the activists from the Albany movement. 

We're lucky to have the Albany Civil Rights Institute to tell their stories.

Copyright 2016 WALB. All rights reserved. 

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