Thurmond mounted the longest filibuster in history ... against the CRA.<quoted text>
Strom Thurmond appointed Thomas Moss, an African American, to his staff in 1971, the first such appointment by a member of the South Carolinian congressional delegation.
In 1983, Strom Thurmond supported legislation to make the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. a federal holiday.
Now let's talk about Robert Byrd. But first I'd like to see the source and quote you ascribe to Thurmond.
And switched to Republican after the Democrat's push for the CRA making him the poster child for conversion of the South to the Republican Party.
PS: they didn't lose any of their God or racism along the way.