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Former NAACP president encourages support for Clinton in Albany

The former NAACP president was in Albany Thursday and he showed his support for Hillary Clinton while he was in town. (Source: WALB) The former NAACP president was in Albany Thursday and he showed his support for Hillary Clinton while he was in town. (Source: WALB)
His friendship with the leader of the Southwest Georgia Project, Shirley Sherrod, is what brought him to town. (Source: WALB) His friendship with the leader of the Southwest Georgia Project, Shirley Sherrod, is what brought him to town. (Source: WALB)
The former national president of the NAACP spoke on Thursday at a conference to help small farmers. (Source: WALB) The former national president of the NAACP spoke on Thursday at a conference to help small farmers. (Source: WALB)
Ben Jealous (Source: WALB) Ben Jealous (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A prominent Hillary Clinton supporter was in Albany Thursday night.

The former national president of the NAACP spoke on Thursday at a conference to help small farmers.

Civil rights leader Ben Jealous believes Hillary Clinton has what it takes to move the country forward, but he knows she needs good turnout at the polls from her supporters to win on Election Day.

The 2nd annual Food, Ag and Equity Conference brought farmers to the Hilton in downtown Albany.

As the Southwest Georgia Project held workshops to advance agriculture in the area, they also welcomed Jealous.  

He told those in attendance that their impact at the polls can be just as great as their impact on the farm.

"Each of us has to decide in our heart of hearts that we don't want to have to tell our children or our grandchildren that we didn't do everything we could to make sure our country kept moving forward," explained Jealous.

Jealous' friendship with the leader of the Southwest Georgia Project, Shirley Sherrod, is what brought him to town.

He said that African American women like her have been the biggest supporters of Hillary Clinton.

"Lots of those women live in places like Southwest Georgia, and quite frankly, if you lift up their circumstances, you will lift up the circumstances of every person in Southwest Georgia," said Jealous.

Jealous encouraged everyone to vote, noting a report showing a 5 percent drop in early voting among African Americans in the peach state. 

"The state of Georgia frankly suffers because all of Georgia doesn't vote," explained Jealous. "If every Georgian voted the government in state would be very different."

Jealous said that he believes Clinton is the right choice for America, and for south Georgia, and he hopes, if she's elected, she'll stand up for our area.

"What I hope is that President Clinton will remember, not just all the people who put her over the top, but all the places," said Jealous.

Friday is the last day to vote early, if you don't make it to the polls then, you will have to wait until Tuesday to cast your ballet.

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