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Community Reactions to Law's Death

For a man who just wanted to deliver the mail, WW Law became so much more to so many people.

"I can remember that during the time he was delivering mail he would pick up soda water bottles and kind of hide them in the mail box and I think at the end of the day, collect these and sell them and donate that money to some sort of charity," recalled Doris Hall of the Desoto Hilton.

Since then, his dedication to helping others was contagious.

"He was a very compassionate man," said Dr. Prince Jackson. "He always felt for the underprivileged and he worked to better things for everybody, white, black, all of us."

Historian Dr. Charles Elmore said, "He's been an inspiration not only to me, but to a whole generation of black and white citizens in Savannah, Georgia. He's a compelling and towering figure in the 20th century and certainly into the cusp of the 21st century."

Even at Savannah State University, his influence has made history. To this day, he is still the only person to receive an honorary doctorate degree. Throughout his life, his contributions have touched generation after generation.

"He just influenced me to stay in school," student Dimitris Newton recalled, "and always tell me to read books, and every time he'd see me he'd ask what kind of books I'm reading. I don't know, it's a big shock to me that he passed away today."

Savannah will never see another citizen like WW Law.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen

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