50 years after MLK assassination: The State of Black America

Emanuel Jones is a lot of things. A car dealership owner. A state senator. An engineer. A Columbia University graduate. A father of three.

Just don’t tell him he’s “made it.”

“You’re right, I don’t like people saying that about me,” said Jones in a recent interview at his McDonough, Georgia Legacy Ford dealership this past February. “I don’t ever think I’ve made it. My life started on Bankhead Highway…my life will end on Bankhead Highway.”

Emanuel Jones

The 58-year-old grew up in a small home on Bankhead in the 1960s. His father passed away when Emanuel was 9. Two years later, Jones and his five siblings became orphans when their mother died from an illness.

Communities surrounding Bankhead Highway haven’t…

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