STOCKBRIDGE — Alphonso Thomas knows exactly what it feels like to be set apart from others because of the color of your skin. As a youth he experienced the impact of segregation in Henry County. It was an experience that he found hard to understand until the Civil Rights movement sparked racial equality particularly throughout the Southern United States.

“You don’t know what you don’t have when you’re growing up in that,” Thomas, a councilman for district 2 in Stockbridge, said Thursday. “I saw it, but I didn’t understand it at that time.”

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