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      Locals say King's dream has come alive

      50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. Stood in Washington D.C. and delivered one of the most famous speeches in our nation's history, and local residents say we've come a long way since that day / File


      50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. Stood in Washington D.C. and delivered one of the most famous speeches in our nation's history, and local residents say we've come a long way since that day.

      "I have a dream" focused on ending racism in the United States and fighting for civil rights. One of the most quoted lines includes King's desire for his children to live in a nation where they won't be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, and Dougherty County residents say that dream has come to fruition.

      "Stuff that we're doing now we couldn't do back then so it's a lot of progress that's been made and changed," said Jac'quese Green.

      "From where we were to where we are now I think we really have come a long way and there is a big change in how society works. Martin Luther King was a big difference and it's a big change and has definitely impacted a lot of lives in Dougherty County," said Patrick Stanford.

      Citizens say despite those changes, progress itself is always a work in progress that will continue to evolve over the years.

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