Emory Harris reflects on Civil Rights advocacy, work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the world gets ready to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an Albany man remembers his time with the leader.

Emory Harris says he worked with Dr. King when he came to Albany in the 1960′s. Harris says his personal work started with the student non-violent coordinating committee and he sang with the Freedom Singers.

Harris says he marched and went to jail with Dr. King in Albany. He shared what it was like to fight for civil rights.

“Well you know it was kind of hard at first because I [had] never been to jail before,” said Harris. “So it was a new beginning, a new start for me with doing direct action.”

The MLK holiday is Monday. Harris says he plans to march and attend a program at Shiloh Baptist Church to help commemorate King’s memory.

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