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Longtime Hattiesburg Resident Talks About History

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today marks the 50th Anniversary for the historical March on Washington.

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the Lincoln Memorial and gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Local Hattiesburg resident, 73-year-old Jeanette Smith, said the Pine Belt was a different place back in 1963.

"At that time Hattiesburg was very segregated," she said.

She became a part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

"You had marching all over the state, here, and everywhere else," she said.

"Our house here, and the church across the street was the focus points for getting out to vote," she said.

During the mid-'60's,  Smith said they began to see some progress.

"The integration of schools didn't began until 1965," she said.

She hopes the work of Dr. King along with so many others will always be remembered.

"We are all apart of the human race," she said. "When one group progresses, the other progresses."

"The  struggle will always continue," said Smith. "You are going to have to fight to make progress."

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