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When King said, ‘I Have a Dream,’ Nat Phipps was there

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In August of 1963, things were going pretty well for Nat Phipps. He was recently married, working as a high school music teacher and playing the piano two or three times a week with his own band. All that was good, but not good enough. “I was very concerned about the atmosphere in this country and the civil rights situation,” said Phipps, a Newark, N.J., native who has lived in Guilderland for 29 years. “I ...


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