Explore Albany’s Civil Rights History – US Civil Rights Trail
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    The Albany Movement for Desegregation

    Albany in southwestern Georgia was a key location of civil rights efforts in the region. In November 1961, local activists from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the NAACP and other organizations formed the Albany Movement, a desegregation campaign. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference joined the coalition. Three activists, Charles Sherrod, Cordell Reagon and Charles Jones, were instrumental in coordinating massive activism across Albany and drawing more attention to the area’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.


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