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Aug 29, 2013 6:11 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Tucson woman remembers experience with MLK

TUCSON - Betty Liggins is still amazed by the words of Martin Luther King 50 years after the March on Washington.

"He was like a prophet," she said, "because some of the things that he said to me, is exactly what's happening in today's America."

She took a bus from Chicago to Washington D.C. for the march.

"I had never seen so many African American people," she said, "not even in Chicago."

She said The Windy City was not as bad as the South, but she was still amazed by King's words.

"I just was trying to see whether he was what people were thinking he was," Liggins said. "Which he turned out to be."

She also said King was accessible, despite being so busy.

"He was just a dude," Liggins said. "Another dude. He was a dude that had a good education, evidently."

She realizes the country has made progress, and she said King changed her life personally. She still wants to see more progress.

"I would like us to be able to do better than what we're doing," Liggins said.

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