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Albany man says father's legacy lives on

Johnnie Johnson Jr. (Source: Yaz Johnson) Johnnie Johnson Jr. (Source: Yaz Johnson)
Yaz Johnson, Johnnie Johnson's Son Yaz Johnson, Johnnie Johnson's Son
The City's Public Works Building is named in honor of Johnnie Johnson Jr. (Source: WALB) The City's Public Works Building is named in honor of Johnnie Johnson Jr. (Source: WALB)
The city's wellness clinic is named in honor of Johnnie Johnson Jr. (Source: WALB) The city's wellness clinic is named in honor of Johnnie Johnson Jr. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 An Albany man wants to honor his father during black history month.
 City worker Johnnie Johnson, Jr. filed a federal lawsuit against Albany in 1972.
 He led 280 employees on a strike over unfair labor practices and unequal pay for black workers.
 Yaz Johnson says his father's legacy still has an impact on the city.

“Every time I look, every time I see a black city worker that's in a higher level position,” said Yaz Johnson, Johnnie Johnson’s son. “I can't help but to reflect back on my dad. Because had he not stood up for what was right, had he not took that step then none of that would've been made possible."

Three years ago the city renamed the Public Works and Wellness Clinic in Johnnie Johnson's honor.

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