Organization aims to honor foot soldiers in civil rights movement


[lin_video src=×2&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1365549887&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4011538&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1365549887 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham-Metro chapter of the NAACP is asking foot soldiers, past and present, to step forward and assist the organization.

The project is part of Birmingham’s 50-year commemoration of the height of the civil rights movement.

During the movement, many foot soldiers were jailed. The foot soldiers played an integral part in the struggle, but they were never recognized for their efforts.

“We’re here picking up the mantle where Dr. King left off in economic advancement,” Birmingham-Metro NAACP President Hezekiah Jackson said on Tuesday. “We want all their people to know that they are important.”

If you have a family member who was a foot soldier but is now deceased, the NAACP wants you to contact them on the family member’s behalf.

The NAACP can be contacted at 205-714-5860.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42


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