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  • Martin Luther King Jr. into the American spotlight, but in 1958 it was his mild-mannered demeanor that Anna Simkins said she remembers having the most profound affect on her as she drove the civil rights activist to an event at her college in Greensboro, N.C.

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  • "I remember getting a copy of his book and he was kind enough to autograph it for me," she said.

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