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Freedom Riders: “Heroes Who Risked Their Lives To Make America Better”

Hank Thomas lives in Stone Mountain, an area of metro Atlanta that is represented by Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04). Thomas is one of three surviving original Freedom Riders. “They were heroes who rode buses and […]

WAOK-AM–02/04/2015

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Atlanta Ferguson Protestors Urged To Be Peaceful And NonViolent

“If you’re going to protest, protest in a peaceful, orderly, non-violent fashion.” Atlanta Congressman John Lewis says that’s the way they did it in the 1960s, “in the way of peace, in the way of […]

WAOK-AM–11/24/2014

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Atlanta Mourns Herman J Russell

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed calls Herman J. Russell “one of the most extraordinary citizens our city has ever produced.” Mayor Reed and wife Sarah-Elizabeth attended the funeral services for Russell on Saturday, November 21, 2014, […]

WAOK-AM–11/22/2014

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Russell and Sanders Remembered For Contributions To The Civil Rights Movement

Two Georgians are being remembered for their contributions during the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman John Lewis says Atlanta businessman and philanthropist Herman J. Russell was a source of inspiration for those involved in the movement.” […]

WAOK-AM–11/18/2014

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Funeral Services for Shuttlesworth Monday

ATLANTA (WAOK/Washington Post)-The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, co-founder and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died back on October 5, 2011. He will be buried Monday October 31, some 3 weeks after his […]

WAOK-AM–10/23/2011

SELMA, AL - MARCH 04: Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (C) pushes civil rights activist Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth during a march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" Voting Rights march March 4, 2007 in Selma, Alabama. During the 1965 march, which was to go from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, police used tear gas and beat back the marchers when they reached the Pettus Bridge.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Civil Rights Icon Dies

ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, co-founder and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Wednesday morning in Birmingham. He was 89. Tributes to the life of the civil rights leader immediately started coming […]

WAOK-AM–10/05/2011

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Ebenezer Baptist Church Turns 125

Ebenezer Baptist Church turned 125 Sunday. The church is symbolic with the civil rights movement. Since 1886 it has been a meeting place for black people interested in the advancement of their race.  It is also […]

WAOK-AM–03/21/2011

Justice for Jimmie Lee Jackson

It’s been a long time coming, but Jimmie Lee Jackson is finally being vindicated in court.

11/16/2010