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Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South
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Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King told America about his dream.

In August 1963, he delivered his "I have a dream" speech to a huge crowd in Washington DC.

That became one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement.

This week and next, thousands of Americans will travel to the nation's capital to commemorate that day including many from Central Georgia.

But it's also a time to remember the way it was, how America changed and why.

When getting a drink at a fountain came down to color and the ease of buying a car was based on what you looked like, that was Central Georgia 50 years ago.

In that time Felton Miller lived according to the rules of black and white.

"You were white and I was black. They didn't care about me than a rabbit out there in the woods," he says.

Miller, now 83 years old, was born and raised in Jones County. The segregated South was what Miller described as hard and unfair.

"How wrong it was for people to be treated that way," says Miller. "Just your skin was different."

He was most aware of his race doing every day things like going to the grocery store.

"Do you know how bad it is that when you go into the store and you want to go through the front door and and they tell you to go in the back," he says.

Miller wasn't allowed entrance even through the back door so his groceries were brought out to him. This kind of treatment challenged his self worth. "It made me feel like I was nothing."

When Martin Luther King Jr. burst onto the scene, dreams were echoing through the South sparking a movement for integration.

"I didn't think that things would change rapidly like it did," Miller says.

Miller is reminded of that change every time he enters a building through the front door.

On Friday, the local chapter of Al Sharpton's National Action Network is taking a bus trip to Washington DC to commemorate the march.

They have a limited number of tickets and hotel reservations available

For more information call Sarah Hunt at 478-719-0805.

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