Young and old will gather from all parts of the country and beyond June 2-4, 2011, to celebrate and commemorate the struggles and successes of the Southwest Georgia Civil Rights Movement, to address the persistence of racism and poverty, and to formulate plans for future action. We expect Civil Rights Activists, Community Leaders, Educators, Youth, Professionals, and Community people to join us in Albany for three days of thoughtful talks, informative workshops and proactive planning to pass on the legacy of the Movement.
The 50th anniversary celebration will present the legacy of known and unknown heroes of the Southwest Georgia Movement, such as legendary attorney C.B. King, who influenced a generation of civil rights lawyers, the tireless organizer Rev. Samuel B. Wells, and the trio of Charles Sherrod, Charles Jones and Cordell Reagon, who came to Albany in 1960 as the first SNCC workers to take this student movement beyond college campuses and ignite the movement that would change history.
Conference attendees will have an opportunity to tour historic sites and current development programs; visit the Albany Civil Rights Institute museum, Old Mt. Zion Church and Shiloh Baptist (site of mass meetings and Dr. King’s sermons); hear veterans of the Movement from several counties in SW Georgia talk about their experiences; and participate in workshops to plan future activities. Student winners of an essay contest will be announced, and their work will be displayed, as will student art work at the Civil Rights Institute.
Much of the program will take place on the campus of Albany State University, now better than ever after the disastrous 1994 flood.
We are lining up a superb program to ensure that the lessons of the Movement will benefit current and future generations.
For more information contact:
PO Box 1933. Albany, GA 31702.