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Civil Rights leader speaks in Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, AL -

A man who worked with Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. is speaking out on the state of racism in the South today.

Doctor Virgil A. Wood worked with King for ten years during the Civil Rights Movement.

Wood spoke at a Civil Rights Conference in Birmingham today.

Wood says he's hoping to launch a renewed campaign to complete what he calls Doctor King's unfinished work here in Birmingham.

The pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, where Wood spoke today, says he believes more needs to be done in our community.

"We have any number of challenges we need to face. And one of the things we can say is we haven't overcome all the challenges yet. There are many things that need to be done. Just as some things have gotten better, some things have gotten worse," James Ephraim said.

Wood says he hopes his work will ease racial tensions here in Birmingham and elsewhere as well.

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