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Thomas Co. man remembered for MLK like efforts

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

A South Georgia man who marched with Martin Luther King, Junior helped change his community and his legacy lives on long after his death.

While Martin Luther King, Junior may have been the drum major for justice, pro-active folks like Curtis Thomas did their part in their communities to make the dream come true.

"I use to call Curtis Thomas, the Dr. Martin Luther King in our community because he was a pusher and driver, he was the guy that really got involved with civil rights," said historian Jack Hadley.

Bernice Thomas says her husband would frequently attend meetings with Dr. King in Atlanta and also marched with him at the march on Washington in D.C., she says her husband was so fearless some people called him crazy.

"He wasn't afraid of anything or anybody," said Bernice Thomas.

Due to her husband's stance on civil rights, they received many threats from people who didn't like what he was trying to do.

"I would always get threatening phone calls, they tried to run him out of town, anytime he would leave the house I couldn't rest until he got back," said Thomas.

Inspired by Dr. King, Curtis Thomas worked to help integrate the hospital in Thomas County, he led a march to celebrate the integration of Thomas County schools and was even invited to The White House in 1964 to assist President Johnson with the writing of the Civil Rights Act.

"He was a miracle worker, because he could get things done, we didn't have money or anything but he had the know how, to do anything," said Thomas.

Just like the drum major of justice himself, the legacy of Curtis Thomas lives on, the hard work was not in vain.

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