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The Albany Movement transfixed national attention on Georgia, and laid the philosophical groundwork for the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Movement was officially activated on November 17, 1961. Inspired by the success of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, those who joined the Albany Movement determined to end discrimination in all segments of society: in public transportation, schools, and hospitals; in restaurants and other dining establishments; in the public libraries; in business and government. Perhaps the most striking and memorable aspect of the Albany Movement, and a central catalyst for its longevity, was the religious commitment so clearly at its core. The Albany activists fine-tuned a strategy for confronting police that began with mass meetings at Mt. Zion or Shiloh Baptist Churches. Those participating in the meetings sang spirituals and hymns, what they called "freedom songs," to affirm their faith and shore up their courage. To come together, sing, and pray at mass meetings was as important a role as marching and going to jail. The Albany-related materials include bibliographies, essays, lesson plans, and links to related materials in the Civil Rights Digital Library.

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Types:Instructional materials | Articles | Lesson plans | Teaching guides | Annotated bibliographies
Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990 | Sherrod, Charles, 1937- | Anderson, William G., 1927- | King, Slater, 1927-1969 | King, C. B. (Chevene Bowers), 1923-1988 | Harris, Rutha Mae | Wells, Samuel B., 1916-2005 | Reagon, Cordell Hull, 1943-1996 | Reagon, Bernice Johnson, 1942- | Kelley, Asa D., 1922-1997 | Pritchett, Laurie, 1926-2000 | Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.) | National Association for the Advancement of Colored People | Albany (Ga.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Segregation--Georgia--Albany | Segregation in education--Georgia--Albany | Segregation--Southern States | Discrimination in education--Georgia--Albany | Discrimination in public accommodations--Georgia--Albany | Sit-ins--Georgia--Albany | Picketing--Georgia--Albany | Direct actions--Georgia--Albany | Religion and social problems--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Albany | Discrimination in transportation--Georgia--Albany | United States, Georgia, Dougherty County, Albany, 31.5785074, -84.155741
Institution:Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (University of Georgia)
Contributors:Freedom on Film (Project) | Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
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Forms part of the Civil Rights Digital Library.

Forms part of the Freedom on Film Learning Object Web site.

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