US school reflects on divided racial past

Virginia county looks back on resistance to integration as country marks 50th year of Martin Luther King Jr speech.

Last Modified: 24 Aug 2013 06:41
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This week is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr delivering his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

It is widely seen as one of the most important moments in the US civil rights movement. But the fight for equal rights was fiercely resisted across many Southern states.

One county in Virginia went further than most in rejecting integration. Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports from Farmville, Virginia.


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