Jimmy Carter Said What in His Georgia Law Day Speech in 1974?
January 16, 2017
What he said made Hunter S. Thompson go out to the car to get his tape recorder.
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“Martin Luther King, perhaps despised by many in this room because he shook up our social structure and demanded simply that black citizens be treated the same as white citizens, wasn’t greeted with approbation and accolades by the Georgia Bar Association or the Alabama Bar Association but with horror,” Jimmy Carter told an audience of lawyers at a luncheon at Georgia Law Day in 1974. “Still, once that change was made—that very simple, difficult change—no one in his right mind would want to go back to the circumstances prior to that juncture in the development of our nation’s society."