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Constantin Manolescu

As Interviewed by Anna Tutuianu
"In our town, we had three grocery stores. It was a small town, with around sixteen thousand people, and they were selling eight packs of butter, every three days, for sixteen thousand people. They were cutting the pack of butter into twelve little bitty parts, and they were selling it as small cubes."
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Natalia L. Lunina

As Interviewed by Fedor A.
"Mother never helped me with education, because she had no time to. She worked, sometimes in shifts, and in the evenings learned in school and college. She was very busy. I learned in school and took my knowledge from there. School taught me, and shaped me. "
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Jeana Lungwitz

As Interviewed by Willa Scanlon
"My clients are my heroes. They can withstand amazing odds. These people are amazing to me."
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Virgil L. Yarbrough

As Interviewed by Lochlyn M.
"It was a trying time, family-wise."
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Yinghong Li

As Interviewed by Amy M.
"He carried at least 30 pounds of potatoes and walked a length of a 15-hour train ride just to give them to my dad."
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Dr. Kerstin Somerholter

As Interviewed by Corinna Somerholter
"I'm sitting in the cafeteria with other students. Itís late in the evening there. I had a night class, and all of a sudden there are pictures of people on the Berlin Wall. I could not believe it. It was just something I thought was fake. It was unbelievable!"
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Everett W. Campbell

As Interviewed by Gus A.
"I went home and told my mom. She said, ĎI just thought you might do something like that.í"
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Cynthia de las Fuentes

As Interviewed by Ashley Armstrong
"There are movers and shakers in all fields, but the real work is done by the ordinary person in their everyday lives. It is just by the choices that we make everyday. If we have the choice to make something better for women, for ourselves, for each other, whether weíre going to turn off a light as we leave a room, that is a social justice action. It is the everyday act of the ordinary person that makes a difference in the world. "
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Dolph McCranie

As Interviewed by Tobias B.
"When I returned to America on a visit, I was spit upon by civilians in the airport because I had on my uniform."
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As Interviewed by Sumin C.
"Realizing this person has this type of background and appreciating it is not necessarily a bad thing."
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Rosalinda Stephens

As Interviewed by Caleb C.
"We were at a dinner and she made the comment Ė ĎOh, we have to be careful not to let Mexicans into our societyí -- sitting right across the table from me!"
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As Interviewed by R.R.
"But when the Communists came, they took everything away."
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Kin Chan

As interviewed by Daniel Chan
"'We really like your GPA and your interview, but because of your legal status, we cannot let you be an employee of our company.'"
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Gladys Washington Fernandez

As Interviewed by Franky Fernandez
"I donít know if I want to see the Cuba that is destroyed right now compared to the Cuba that I knew. "
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Robert Chamberlain

As Interviewed by Jane Addison
"The social justice in the United States had reached a peak of injustice particularly with African Americans in 1964 when Lyndon Johnson was the president."
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Suzanne Plummer

As Interviewed by Alex Clark
"I donít think I have gone through a day where someone hasnít made a comment or side remark about me being a woman."
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Yvonne Tapscott

As Interviewed by Olivia Cox
"We had to worry about our well being just because you said the wrong thing or laughed at something and as an adult thinking about that I would not want to have children if I had to live in that era. I would not want to bring a child into a world like that."
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Paige Schilt

As Interviewed by Mia Czarnecki
"I was really surprised to find that his elementary school was actually the place where I felt the queerest and the most marginal of any of my other social spaces."
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Charles Moody

As Interviewed by Andy DeGrasse
"The parents were very invested in their childrenís education, but the downside was they could be very reluctant about the idea of seeing their child leaving their family for college."
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James Derry

As Interviewed by Eva Derry
"Our involvement really did save a lot of lives."
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Nhung Truong and Ngan Lam

As Interviewed by Thien Doan
"We didn't know when he would come home."
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Sharon Bieser

As Interviewed by Maddie D.
"I would love for people to understand what itís like to be a single mother, and very poor with no place to live. I donít believe it should be happening in this country but itís happening {in} many, many places and itís happening very frequently."
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Mitchell James O'Hearn

As Interviewed by Nadia Freeman
"I think there are a lot of assumptions about being gay or being straight, and what people forget to say is that we're human."
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Shawn Calamari and Mandy Waid

As interviewed by Clara Gibbs
"Our family is based on love and has the same commitments as everyone else and there is no reason why we should be treated any differently or have less accessibility or rights that anyone else has. "
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Cyrus Reed and Rosa Maria Lopez

As Interviewed by Max Irby
"It was hard on all of us, especially my sons. If they ever got sick, or their grades dropped, I would be too far away to help them."
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Gilbert Tuhabonye

As Interviewed by Henry Jarnigan
"I hid inside that building for eight hours, beneath the burning bodies of my friends, until I climbed through a window and ran away."
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Lisa Kott

As Interviewed by Ian Jenson
"This war is so much different from other wars because our enemy is less defined. Whoever wins over the locals, wins that area; so itís about showing the locals that we are there to help, not hurt, and that itís better to trust us than the Taliban because they have to choose."
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Y. Rah

As Interviewed by Ashley Kim
"Sometimes not really racism, but people treats the way you look."
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As Interviewed by L K
"Itís always unfair, no matter where you are, when you donít have opportunities. Whether itís here, or Europe, or Middle East, or Asia, itís always unfair if socially or economically you cannot do what you want to do."
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James Chandler

As interviewed by Ella Jane L.
"Firing against pillboxes, seeing some of your buddies wounded or killed, the enemy. We saw the enemy up close."
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Kelvin Lam

As Interviewed by Kendrick Lam
"You won't get a fair chance to compete."
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Rosa Maria L.R.

As Interviewed by Marcel L.R.
"...people were getting upset and ready to have a change. But, the change had a tremendous effect on the young people."
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Patricia Schiaffini

As Interviewed by Jenny Lu
"Thereís always this issue of not only tradition versus modernity, but also your own culture versus the imported culture."
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Maureen M

As Interviewed by Emma M
"I donít wish for him to have this life, but thereís nothing I can do about it. When he was young I could give him a really fun life... But as he gets older, thereís less and less that I can do with him. I see his world getting smaller."
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Walter Hinojosa

As Interviewed By Erich M.
"People donít realize that we are responsible for the child labor laws, that we are responsible for the 40-hour workweek and overtime pay. Those are things that the labor movement fought for years ago, along with some very decent salaries for many of our workers."
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Alice M.

As Interviewed by Hannah M.
"An Asian immigrant and a single mom is a combination of two negative attributes... I would go to the bookstore and I would not be served. I would go to a restaurant and I would not be served."
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Jon and Mary Carol Lewis

As Interviewed by Chris Mabley
"[When] Martin Luther King was assassinated in April of 1968, [Cleveland] had what was called the Hough riots, where the African American people were so upset by [their] treatment that they rioted and burned down buildings."
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Richard Brose

As Interviewed by Cole McCrary
"... my father left my mother when she was pregnant with me, so when I was born my father wasnít there, my mother was the only one to take care of me, I had an older brother and sister, and so without my father being there and without him there to earn a living we had difficulty having enough money to get by. Thatís the situation as it started when I was a youngster. "
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Jeff Abel

As Interviewed by Annabelle Abel
"She moved here during the height of racial tensions in the 1960s, and, as a Filipino woman, she didnít fit in with the predominantly white community or the black community."
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Michelle Brown

As Interviewed by Jack K.
"Growing up we never heard about the [Tulsa] Race Riot or Black Wall Street. We never studied about in school."
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John Miles

As Interviewed by Ethan Miles
"Occupation is a military term when one nation defeats another, and you send your troops into that defeated nation and occupy it, as I did in Japan."
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Tanene Allison

As interviewed by Chandler P.
"I remember sitting in this class where the people around me were debating on how if I was allowed to marry someone I love that it would ruin America. I remember sitting there and being shocked how many of my peers actually thought that."
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Stan S.

As Interviewed by James P.
"I am surprised that -- after more than ten years of us in other wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- the kids aren't marching in the streets, today."
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John Kendall

As Interviewed by Ian McIntosh
"I could have eaten lunch already, and I ate his and he ate fish head. That was an example of how sharing they were. They had very little, but they shared what they had."
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Trey Kohlhausen

As interviewed by Peter Layne
"I want to be known for the coaching I do with kids, and with other individuals. I don't want to be known as gay coach Trey"
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Pedro Torres

As Interviewed by Christian Torres
"Obama could not do anything because the economy was really jacked up."
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Jen Reichert

As interviewed by Tucker Ebest
"When youíre a rookie, itís a lot of learning on the job. I felt like there were lots of things I didnít know. I felt like there were lots of decisions I had to make I didnít know the answer to. Now, I just knock it out of the park."
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Jennifer Bengtson

As interviewed by Courtney B.
"I think that you should be happy or not freak out if you have a baby with Down syndrome and that you shouldnít compare children because theyíre all gifts from God."
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Will Hyatt

As Interviewed by Frances Brown
"You donít want to judge other people. Get to know them first, and get into a conversation with them, and you might find that you have more similarities than differences."
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Sybil Jordan Hampton

As Interviewed by Elias Little
"There used to be this program on TV called ĎCasper the Friendly Ghost,í and I used to say to my parents that thatís who I was there."
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Ramon Morejon

As Interviewed by Sarida Morejon
"Nobody knew that day of all that was to come, but what we did know was that it was a Revolution and that it came with ideas of how to fundamentally improve the majority of the population, which was poor."
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Meg Clifford

As Interviewed by Cristina Ricci
"Every single child can get a great education, but we're not doing everything we can to make sure that goal is fulfilled."
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As Interviewed by H.F.
"We felt discriminated for being Hispanic people, and that should not happen."
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Selvi Shan

As interviewed by Francisca L.
"The best thing here is getting admissions to schools."
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Martha Par Harrison

As Interviewed by Dodie Robison
"The church wanted the women to stay at home and take care of the kids. It was not expected of us to go get a job or support our family with income."
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George Zamarron

As Interviewed by X.Z.
"A weapon though is not always a dangerous weapon unless it is used as a dangerous weapon."
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Carolyn Nelson

As Interviewed by Aldo O.
"They wanted me to withdraw my requests, and I said no. I wanted to force them to tell me no."
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Norman Hanson

As Interviewed by Thomas Wilson
"You see something like this and what do you do? You drop your coat, you roll up your sleeves, and you clean up your friend."
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Robert Jensen

As Interviewed by Bella Castillo
"In terms of politics, making people slightly uncomfortable is how we make progress."
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Susan Clarke

As Interviewed by Josephine Clarke
"My brother had recently become a priest and he was out on the street, picketing for civil rights. He helped me see it too, but I really stayed away from it. I think fear was my biggest problem."
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Heather Shaw

Interviewed by Paul P.
"We typically don't talk about faith because itís not a mission type community. But one little girl was obvious about sharing her faith with me. And she actually said she was going to pray for me, even though I was there to help her. And first of all, that's amazing because she felt safe enough to actually be able to think about somebody else, to be able to think for somebody else, and that was really touching, but also really compelling."
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Amy Shepard

As Interviewed by Nick Venn
"One of the saddest thing I heard was a friend saying, 'I don't know if we will ever be ok.' So it is just by the grace of god that we weren't born in Rwanda. It's just our responsibility to help and try to do no harm."
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Charles Eaddy

As Interviewed by Claire Rudy
"The most graphic memory I have is the lineup of all the Iranian employees in the hallway when I was escorted down to the manager's office, and when we were heading out of the building with all of the Iranians in the hallway."
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Mary Madge Darlington

As Interviewed by Fritzie Schwentker
"One thing that was really important to us was that there were no secrets."
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Larry Jones

As Interviewed by R.J.
"Discrimination was a way of life, so you didnít think about it being discrimination."
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Alan Haggedorn

As Interviewed by Kody Cardamone
"If the person that was being interrogated was not a soldier, but was impersonating one, I could still find out because of the information we had from other prisoners."
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Ballint Dezso

As Interviewed by Natalie Dezso
"the Russians built their fence, and the only arms we had was the Molotov cocktail."
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Deborah Megehe

As Interviewed by Travis Eaves
"During my first duty stationed at BT 21, my supervisor, who was a male, felt very strongly against women, and we knocked heads."
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Ranjit Nair

As Interviewed by Nikita Nair
"They would rub their fingers down my arm to see if the color would rub off onto their hands."
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Jeanine Francis Lucas

As Interviewed by Elena Humphreys
"I would say that most of my friends were women. I had one good male friend. He didnít tease me like some of the other men did."
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Lawrence R. Smith

As Interviewed by Griffin Smith
"It was the greatest feeling in the world coming back home to the good ol' USA, to see my family and my future wife."
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Carla Burchard

As Interviewed by Dominic Juarez
"No one should be treated differently. We are all the same; God created all of us, and we are all children of God, and it shouldn't make any difference what color our skin is."
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Marilyn McCluskey

As Interviewed by Abigail D
"When youíre young, if you really want to do something, you should try and do it, because as you get older, itís much harder to do what you might want to do."
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Dr. Brij Bhushan Singh

As Interviewed by Anika S
"I love my country, but I also have duties towards my family. The Indian government not supporting me monetarily for my military duties caused my family to live in hardship, this was not acceptable to me."
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F. Scott McCown

As interviewed by Ben Villalpando
"I think the biggest challenge that we have, is that we live in Texas."
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Ileah Kirkim Rasnick

As interviewed by Brenden Zimmerman
"It really puts your own life into perspective."
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Marty Feit

As Interviewed by Ulee Wintle
"Six-million people killed. Thatís a kind of high price to pay for people to accept you."
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Charles Robert Caudill

As Interviewed by Claire Caudill
"No, I didn't ever feel guilty. As a pilot, it is your job and duty."
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Shellie Hall and Kris Argall

As Interviewed by Margaret Savage
"You always do that mental check: where are we, whoís around, and how is this going to be perceived?"
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T.P. Ramamoorthy

As interviewed by Aaron Wheatley
"To me, India is the true land of immigrants."
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Yolanda O. Torres

As Interviewed by Elisabeth Torres-Schulte
"They understood that I was one of the top students and that I was very involved in school, but they still said, ĎYou know, the local junior college is a good place for you to go.í"
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Robert L. Mann

As Interviewed by Andrew Mauro
"The FBI feared it was a plot to kill King and all the other civil rights leaders. They could take Ďem all out at one time. And I figured theyíd do it with a bomb, and they didnít have all the bomb detection equipment we have today, so I was scared to death. All the reporters were."
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John Ramsey

As Interviewed by M.R.
"If you have to build a workforce, you are stupid if you limit yourself to a small percentage of the population, leaving out half the people and women."
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Ariadna Luna

As Interviewed by Elena Venegoni
"We filed a paper and I have a U visa now because I was sexually abused when I was seventeen."
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Susana Pimento

As Interviewed by Nicholas Heinen
"Columbia is the only country that has an act of war for over 50 years. I am 47 now, so all throughout my life I have known war -- I havenít seen a day without war."
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Nelson Mock

As Interviewed by Jeremy M.
"The Fair Housing Act was intended to stop discrimination, but it was also intended to promote a diverse and inclusive community. I don't think we are anywhere near that yet."
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Veronica Cruz

As Interviewed by Yaneli Figueroa
"You have to be willing to change -- if you have the mind to change, then everything is possible."
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Beth Griesmer

As Interviewed By Olivia Griesmer
"It also opened my eyes to what itís like to be different and for people around you to minimize you because youíre different."
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Carlos V.

As interviewed by Deybid V.
"I donít remember telling anybody about this because I thought nobody would care about me because sometimes my aunt would be there and wouldn't say anything, sometimes I felt lonely."
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Mabell Killingsworth Sauls

As Interviewed by Calvin Williams
"We were proud and happy that the things turned out the way we did, because it gave us a new look on life."
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Brian Pinsky

As Interviewed by Emma Pinsky
"Everybody is free, everybody should be able to have a say in what happens it might not go your way but you should have a say."
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Joy Imel

As Interviewed by Ayden McLean
"I can still remember this -- there was one water fountain. I had not even noticed it Ďtil a black person came by to get a drink of water, and at that moment I realized: thereís only one water fountain; itís for everyone."
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Mel Carter

As Interviewed by Delaney Carter
"So even though they are in extreme poverty they still help other people around the world. That's what I call good people. It doesn't even take me a half second to know that I would go back. It was the experience of a lifetime and I wouldn't trade it for anything. "
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Ofelia Zapata

As interviewed by Zachary Walgren
"Eventually, I couldnít see anymore. I couldnít read my papers; I couldnít dictate letters. I just couldnít do my job. My boss caught on, seeing all of my mistakes, and she was going to fire me."
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Joseph X.

As Interviewed by Shahin Masoumi
"I donít think that I was treated bad because I was gay, but more because I was a soft-spoken guy."
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Mary Jo Myles

As Interviewed by Emma Fosdick
"Back in those days, they didnít want people, like the children on the Pediatric Ward, to see a pregnant lady -- which was crazy."
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Pat and Arnold Gerson

As Interviewed by Atticus Keene
"I needed the action of being out there in the real world, and in all kinds of ways social work seemed to be very appropriate for me and then... the Ď60s hit. And everything caught fire. Cities caught fire. Our souls caught fire. Consciousness caught fire. Itís still on fire!"
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Maria Perez

Interviewed by Bryssa Rodriguez
"As soon as the door was open two police officers ran into the apartment while another one had me on the floor, handcuffed, pointing a gun at me."
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Wilhelmina Delco

As Interviewed by Fiona C.
"I wasnít the first African-American to run, but I was the first elected."
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Richard Yu

As Interviewed by Jonathan Yu
"I think our immigration policy -- that is, our country -- at this point seems to say we don't want anybody to come here legally."
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Susanna Cohen

As Interviewed by Noah Cooley
"I think it makes a huge difference to have accessibility. I guess some people find it silly to make modifications for a small population, but itís not that difficult to do."
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Anthony Gatica

As Interviewed by M.G.
"I think the reason I, and all the other boys, were chosen was because of our skin color. Everybody was laughing in class, but there were no white kids who had to stay in the room with the principal."
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Oscar Armenta

As Interviewed by Xitlali Armenta
"The general management treated the Hispanic employees differently than the white employees, basically exploiting them by making them work after hours and late shifts."
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Jerry Kermit Southard

As Interviewed by Kendall Kucera
"They would march in formation and looked almost paramilitary in appearance. Interestingly, they wore khaki pants and shirts with white webbing belts and white helmet liners. They had KKK in red letters on the helmet, wore trooper boots, and actually showed their faces."
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Jesus Cavazos

As Interviewed by Javi Weems
"When I got out of the Army, it was 1959. I was a typewriter repairman, so I went to apply at Western Union. They told me ĎWell, can you climb poles?í"
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Aamer Shaukat

As Interviewed by Alia Shaukat
"There was a lot of lack of worldliness, I wonít say ignorance, but lack of knowledge about the world in that small town."
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Jacoba van Sitteren

As Interviewed by Caitlin Miller
"I donít know what it would be like to spend your first six years during a time that there isnít any war."
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Mamta Puri

As Interviewed by Anika P.
"I had seen children helping out when I visited Greece, earlier, but it really wasnít child labor. It wasnít working for survival; it wasnít as cruel as in India. "
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Martin Schlageter

As Interviewed by Kimmy Wilson
"Do the simple things like your grandmother would always say. Turn out the light when you leave the room. Donít stand there with the refrigerator door open. Those simple things are important."
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Cheryl Bell

As Interviewed by Spencer Bell
"While women have been given more opportunities and more responsibilities, equal pay has still not been achieved, regardless of what legislation requires."
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Myle Buchanan

As Interviewed by Aleah Haight
"We progressed down the fishing dock, acting all casual, and all of the sudden there was this woman that looked like a beggar, she bumped into me and said ĎRun!í"
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Laura Selis

As Interviewed by Camille Selis
"All of the Japanese-Americans were required to evacuate -- over 122,000 Japanese-Americans. The people that I know affected by that is my entire family -- it was my motherís family and my fatherís family."
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Barbara Vackar

As Interviewed by Jackson Woomer
"I was appalled that anybody would be against ERA. It made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever."
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Martha Thurlow

As Interviewed by Max Gaynor
"Around the early eighties, the drug ciclosporin came out, and ciclosporin was mainly used then to prevent infection, which was the worst part of having a transplant -- thatís what gave people the most problems."
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Douglas Plummer

As Interviewed by John Clark
"A lot of times people try and hide bigotry under other things. They try to hide the fact that they are discriminatory."
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Lucia P. and Theresa T.

As Interviewed by Elyshia D.
"We are just like everyone else. We have feelings. We can be happy or sad. We are good people. We like to help in our community. The same things that matter to straight people matter to gay people."
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Christian L.

As Interviewed by Colby C.
"The Muslim culture, in its extreme, has certain ideas about women and their role in life. We might look at that as discriminatory, but to them itís God telling them how to treat women."
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Don Tate

As Interviewed by Kolby Tate
"If you walk into a bookstore in Texas or Florida youíre not likely to see as many people of color in those books as you would see white people or talking animals."
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Nathan Rettig

As Interviewed by Jack McKenna
"Resources there were not like here. Electricity could be used sparingly. Sometimes it was given Ďon the grid,í if there even was a grid. Water was very precious, but it was available. Resources can mean access to representative government or a government that will take care of you. Can you get your kids to school? To higher education? Those resources were not met."
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Noah Kalish

As Interviewed by Sofia Pineda
"The Army doesn't discriminate. They just don't care..."
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