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Young King inspired by time in Conn., work on farm

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  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Jan. 17, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    In 1959 I left Utah to attend an USAF school at Gunter AFB, Montgomery, AL. Just like King it was a defining moment, I got off the plane and in the Airport stopped to get a drink at a fountain when two black men came up and told me it was a 'colored only' fountain. My best friend in the school and our Flight Leader, was a special young black man from NYC. On Base he was my leader, in Montgomery he had to step into the gutter when 'white folks' were on the sidewalk and ride in the back of the bus. Members of the Montgomery Branch of the LDS Church were horrified to learn I ate at the same table with him in the mess hall. Those experiences made me a supporter of MLK's efforts to finally have the Constitution applied to all men.