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This Day in Georgia History

June 19, 1971

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed and March Held in Columbus

A civil rights lawsuit was filed this day in Columbus, Georgia alleging racial discrimination against the city for the firing of seven black police officers on June 1. Also today, Hosea Williams led a Southern Christian Leadership Conference protest march in Columbus, which turned violent with 19 different buildings set afire. Mayor J.R. Allen declared a state of emergency in Columbus.