In 1959 I left Utah to attend an USAF school at Gunter AFB, Montgomery, AL.
Just like King it was a defining moment, I got off the plane and in the Airport
stopped to get a drink at a fountain when two black men came up and told me it
was a 'colored only' fountain. My best friend in the school and our Flight
Leader, was a special young black man from NYC. On Base he was my leader, in
Montgomery he had to step into the gutter when 'white folks' were on the
sidewalk and ride in the back of the bus. Members of the Montgomery Branch of
the LDS Church were horrified to learn I ate at the same table with him in the
mess hall. Those experiences made me a supporter of MLK's efforts to finally
have the Constitution applied to all men.