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Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:59am

Commission Searches For Fitting Tribute

City of Albany Commissioners are working to find a fitting tribute for Albany civil rights activist Johnnie Johnson.

Either the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport or the Municipal Auditorium could soon bear Johnson’s name.

After being fired in 1972 as a sanitation worker for participating in an organized walk-out, Johnnie Johnson and five others won a 1976 ruling against the City of Albany for racial discrimination.

Yaz Johnson wants his father’s sacrifices remembered,

"A good fit is a infrastructure that will represent the monumental event that changed that changed the entire way that the city of Albany now works."

City commissioners agree. Ward 5 Commissioner Bob Langstaff, says the City Commission feels Johnny Johnson should be recognized,

"But there needs to be some sort of relationship between what he did and the work that he did with either the building or the structure or the park that gets named after him. So that's something that's we've kind of struggled with."

Talks between Yaz Johnson and the commission continue.

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