The Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education (SWGAP) is a non-profit organization founded in 1961 by Charles and Shirley Sherrod in Albany, Georgia. SWGAP works to combat persistent challenges in the region by EDUCATING, ENGAGING and EMPOWERING. Throughout its history, the organization has been an advocate for social justice through grassroots community organizing. SWGAP has been successful in organizing the community to address such issues as school desegregation, welfare rights, voter rights and education, unfair policies effecting school children and families, housing, land loss by African Americans, and economic development.
Southwest Georgia Project continues to work for human rights and community development through an array of programs and activities. The mission of Southwest Georgia Project is to educate, engage and empower through advocacy and community organizing.