March 25, 2012
Johnnie Johnson and other sanitation and Water, Gas & Light Commission workers filed suit against the city of Albany in 1972 for discriminatory employment practices. His son, Yaz Johnson, is asking city leaders to name a downtown structure in Johnson’s honor.
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The Albany City Commission has voted to name its public works building after Johnnie Johnson.
For more than a decade, an Albany pastor has waged a battle to have the city honor his father for his fight against discrimination.