Monday, March 8, 2010

Rob Teilhet Earns Support from Civil Rights and Faith Leader

Smyrna,GA– Elder William “Bill” Harris endorsed Representative Rob Teilhet’s campaign for Attorney General today. Elder Harris, a native of Albany, GA, is currently the Chaplin for The Coalition for the People's Agenda, convened by Dr. Joseph Lowery, and the Chaplin for the Fulton County Sherriff's Department.

“Rob Teilhet has an impressive record of service,” said Elder Harris. “His dedication to Civil Rights is exemplary and he is the only candidate in the race who has a strong record on Civil Rights. I am honored to join many of my colleagues and endorse his campaign for Attorney General.”

Elder Harris is a former Freedom Singer for justice and he served as a field worker for the Student Non-Violent Coordination Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). A veteran of the United States Army, Elder Harris worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the height of the Civil Rights Movement and later co-founded the Veterans Civil Rights Movement Organization SCLC affiliated chapter. Instrumental in the pivotal Mississippi March, Elder Harris was beaten and jailed along with other Freedom Fighters. In 1998 his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement were honored and placed in the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum. Elder Harris is also the founder and pastor of Bethel Church Ministries, Inc. in Monroe, Georgia.

“It’s been such an honor to receive the support of Elder Harris. His incredible history of fighting for justice is an inspiration to me,” said Teilhet. “Fighting for a safer, more just Georgia is more than a campaign platform for me—it is my life’s work.”

Elder Harris joins other Civil Rights leaders Representative Tyrone Brooks, Senator Vincent Fort and the Chairman of Georgia’s Legislative Black Caucus and nominee for the Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, Senator Emanuel Jones. Other endorses include the IBEW Local Union 613, former legislator and former candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Martin, and dozens of legislators from every corner of the state.

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