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Childhood friend remembers Dr. King with pride

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Barbara Adams remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. as a friend and neighbor from her childhood. Barbara Adams remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. as a friend and neighbor from her childhood.

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is of special significance to Barbara Adams.  Civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was a personal friend of hers dating back to childhood, and he was also a Sunday school classmate.  

Adams says she spent most of Wednesday watching the ceremonies that honored the anniversary of the march.  She says she's excited to hear the reverence with which people talk about her old friend.  He was four years her senior, and she knew him as M.L.  
Adams tells FOX 5 she was very young, but King was her neighbor and the son of her pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.  She says she remembers him acting as a peacemaker even when they were kids.

"Dr. King was different because he didn't like fights or anything," she said.  "He was always non-violent.  He's always been that type of person.  A very sweet, kind, loving person."

She says years later, that compassionate nature led a quiet man into the midst of the civil rights movement.  Adams not only remembers how King would encourage others in the church to get involved in the fight for equality, but she also says major rallies including the March on Washington were always a huge worry for King's father.  
"Every meeting that we had gone to, he would talk about death," Adams recalled.   "He said, he might now be here with us, he always prepared us.  Even though the march was successful, he felt he wouldn't live that long."

Barbara Adams says she wasn't able to attend the March on Washington in person, but she watched her friend's moment on the national stage with a lot of pride in what King was able to accomplish.   

"We saw it on TV, but it was a fantastic march," she said.  "You had over a half-million people, and they did not expect that because they didn't know that many people would come together as one."

Adams says one of the saddest days of her life was the day she walked from Morehouse College to Ebenezer Baptist Church as a member of the church's choir when King was laid to rest.

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