Loretta Lewis

As Interviewed by Solana O.
"There was always a sign reminding you, and the sign would say colored."
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Amrit Topiwala

As Interviewed by Kiran Topiwala
"The white always looked down on us, and not only that, they wanted us to be left uneducated so they could subjugate us."
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Hazel Lenora Spradling

As Interviewed by Emerson S.
"There was a water fountain and water fountain there. One said 'white' and the other said 'colored.' That’s when I noticed it, but I didn’t understand it."
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Sean and Yuko C.

As Interviewed by James Caras
"I felt that it was either because I was Japanese or I was a woman. I think the guy at the other shop thought I was under-educated and so I would pay that much. "
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Lillie Corle

As Interviewed by Amy Reed
"We were all just there to get our education."
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Michael Henderson

As Interviewed by Ava Patterson
"We're supposed to be all God's children, and we're supposed to love one another. Why can't we show that?"
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Rabbi Alan Freedman

As Interviewed by Billy T.
"I think that religion provides a real opportunity to try to promote social justice because it represents a broad section of our society. If religious leaders can get together and put aside their theological differences in order to serve a cause, that’s a very powerful statement. You don’t want to paint over the differences, because there are beliefs I don’t share with Christians or Muslims, but when you’re able to put that aside and say it’s more important for us to come together as religious people to address a particular issue that makes a powerful statement."
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Maria Muniz

As Interviewed by Faith K
"I have a dear, dear, friend who has been my friend since third grade, and to this day she has not forgiven those classmates of ours that teased her for being a Mexican who had to eat tacos for lunch."
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Francis Boyd Moore

As Interviewed by Isabella Giunta
"As I saw people around me, I saw contemporaries and peers change and I've also seen some that never have changed, still haven't, and never will."
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Florence Temple

As Interviewed by Nathan Hamilton
"I think we just need to just learn how to get along with each other and look at others. Everybody’s not the same, you know? We just have to respect the differences in people."
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Kinko Ogura

As Interviewed by Michael Masuo
"When I was little, there were people that we were segregated from called the Buraku people. I was not sure why these people were segregated from us, but we were told to stay away from them. Back then people thought that the Buraku people were kind of gross and not like normal Japanese people. When we walked through their area of town, we felt uneasy and a little bit frightened. "
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Rajeshwar Sastry

As Interviewed by Avani Sastry
"[Both young and old] were uniform in their approach for gaining independence, and the only motive for them was self-sacrifice and liberating the country from foreign rule."
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William Mueller

As Interviewed by Luke Mueller-Oden
"I was part of a group called Westminster House at the time. It was a Presbyterian student center near campus. And this came up and there were several girls at a nearby sorority that got interested and pretty soon we put together this sort of cosmopolitan group of people from various areas of campus and organized a petition drive."
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Paul McCord

As interviewed by Ian McCord
"I had friends who rode the bus to school, I rode the bus to school, so I didn’t get why the other kids couldn’t ride the bus to school."
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Rep. Elliott Naishtat

As Interviewed by Oona Moorhead
"They promised me San Francisco, but the government lied, and they sent me to Eagle Pass, Texas."
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Karen O'Neil

As Interviewed By Elinor L.
"A girl looked at me and said, very disparagingly, 'You're Jewish, aren't you?'"
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Jose Luis Aguilar

As Interviewed by Sonia Aguilar
"I don't know why we discriminate each other, if God made us equally."
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Hubert Heinen

As Interviewed by Gavin K.
"The first notice that I really took of something being strange was in 1948 when the Dixiecrats bolted from the Democratic Party because of segregation."
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Judy R. Hodgson

As Interviewed by Reed Rogers
"I guess the biggest hero and most influential was Martin Luther King, Jr."
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Pete C. Alfaro

As Interviewed by Mikaela Rodriguez
"My mom would make the tacos, and we would hide the tacos in a brown bag. We would eat out of the brown bags because if someone saw us eating tacos they would make fun of us."
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Alma R.

As Interview by Diego Hernandez
"Everyone is the same in the inside, and that’s all that matters."
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Mouin Fattouh

As Interviewed by Janette Fattouh
"[They] became a resident while I couldn't because I followed the law."
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Lee Brooks Wilson

As Interviewed by Adele Witt
"As long as there is any form of discrimination, in my opinion, I think that we have diminished the value of human life. The bottom line is that we are all the same people. My DNA is no different than your DNA; my cellular structure is no different than yours. My mental processes are no different than yours."
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Margarita Wolleben

As Interviewed by Rachel Wolleben
"We all come here with something already prepared for us to live, and that is to make this world a better place than the one that we found when we were already born."
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Agustin Morquecho

As Interviewed by Adina Morquecho
"Many places would not accept mexicans in their shops. Everything was still so racist.There are some things that you can change but most of the stuff is impossible to change."
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Mark Hammond

As Interviewed by Michaela Norton
"I was never discriminated against because I was the privileged class. I was white. I noticed a lot of discrimination against blacks. I remember specifically, I would go into a corner store, and there would be six or seven blacks waiting to be served. I would walk in, and they would serve me right away, and ignore the blacks."
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Kathy Sladek

As Interviewed by Reid Childs
"It was so different that except for the people that came to helped our mothers, I hardly ever saw any black people, except on Saturday."
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Brian Turner

As Interviewed by Currie L.
"Racism is...as much as anything, just ignorance of what the other race is."
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Dexter Wallace

As Interviewed by Amanda P.
"I wouldn't let anybody discriminate against me."
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Juan R. Valadez

As Interviewed by Riley Simpson
"I remember telling this one kid in particular – ‘The world is full of people who are going to trying to knock you down. You can’t help them.’"
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Patricia Griffin

As Interviewed by Andres Cortez
"You had to be careful on not going to jail, and it all depended on who the police were."
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Asad Kirmani

As Interviewed by Uma Riddle
"I had a group of friends in the mosque who were also in my high school, and we wanted to start a Muslim Association."
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Lillian L.

As Interviewed by Kelly H.
"Color is not an object, you know. You didn’t think of people as colored."
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Barbara Becker

As Interviewed by Max Becker
"Then in the 60s, it became a matter of listening to the speeches, observing on TV, knowing how limiting segregation was to the black people, and taking a side, and making clear your views that there should be equality for both races."
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Jean L. Turner

As Interviewed By Dabrelle Dickson
"You never look at the person’s skin color, but you look at the person."
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Guadalupe Rodriguez

As Interviewed by Jeremiah Arias
"Living in Austin, segregation was different -- not drastically worse, but in a larger, more major city, discrimination was a little worse."
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As Interviewed by Lena T.
"We had comments said to us like, ‘You Mexicans need to go home.’ Well, we weren't very sure what that meant because we aren’t from another country. We were born and raised here."
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Beverly Fisher

As Interviewed by Darian Fisher
"To show how the journey that she had taken with her father being in prison from the time she was a baby until the present, how it made her feel and the struggles she had gone through as a young girl."
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Benito M.

As Interviewed by Lorenzo Pesina
"I grew up in Texas as a free man. But growing up, I had huge problems within my life. I was treated wrongly in my life by cops, whites and blacks, and just about everything. In my belief, our society will always be white-dominant. It was always about the color of our skin and about what we, as people, had in our blood."
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Laura Selis

As interviewed by Henry Selis
"I'm sure that there's a part of them that never wanted to be haunted..."
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Volma Overton Jr.

As Interviewed by Laurel Morris
"My cousins and I used to go in there and run into the white restrooms all the time. We would drink out of the white water fountains, just to piss them off."
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Ricardo Garcia

As Interviewed by Christopher Garcia
"I could tell he did not like me for some reason. At one time he even asked me if I spoke English."
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Jobert G. Harris

As Interviewed by Nika Sarraf
"As I said, it’s hard to understand it unless you experience it, me describing it doesn’t adequately paint a clear picture for you. If you can imagine walking into a store, and being shadowed just because of the color of your skin, if you can imagine standing at a counter and being ignored just based on the color of your skin, if you can imagine being asked to get up to give another member of this society access to something just based on the color of your skin, if you can imagine being denied access to something or access to a particular facility in public, just because of the color of your skin, if it can be assumed about you that you actually know nothing, just based on the color of your skin, then that’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing some of the aspects of racism."
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Ria Ralli

As Interviewed by Ari Takvorian
"We couldn't believe somebody had actually killed him!"
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Paul Buntyn

As interviewed by Abby Bourgeois
"I would go to church during the week, but on Friday nights I found myself on my way to listen to Malcolm speak."
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B.V.A. Rao

As Interviewed by Ujwal Swamy
"You have your language, your administration will be in the language, your government business will be in the language, and you can develop your language like anything."
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Mary Sonia Flores Taylor

As Interviewed by Jack LaWare
"We may come from different countries, but [when] we come to the United States, we are all just one; we're Americans. We should treat each other and love each other like Americans."
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Leonard Martin Martinez

As Interviewed by Arthur Martinez
"I think the Mexican people have contributed to this country and this state, and to our economy, and to our infrastructure. I think we ought to be open and allowing for them to come to this country."
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Dexter Wallace

As Interviewed by Andi Feddeler
"I felt hurt a lot of the time, but my dad taught us just to look over it. I don’t pay any attention to it. I’m pretty sure people do it behind your back, but I’m a pretty big guy and nobody really do it to my face."
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Gary Bledsoe

As Interviewed by Tristan Ketcham
"....Instead of getting a great deal different, our fights are becoming a great deal similar."
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Apophia Munabi Munro

As Interviewed by Henry Munabi Trentham
"The British felt that they were more civilized than we were and that our way of life was. In terms of religion, we were pagans."
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Priscilla Hubenak

As Interviewed by Samuel Filleman
"When I think about desegregation a long time ago and having such separateness, it just seems real backwards and just seems so wrong. "
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Carol Brookhart

As interviewed by Chris V.
"I remember taking the kids to the Trail of Lights and riding the shuttle bus, and some 12-13 year old girls started saying ching-chong behind us."
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Cynthia Levinson

As Interviewed by Mary Griffis
"I ended up writing a book about the Children’s March because as soon as I found out that children were being attacked by dogs and hit by hoses, then I knew I wanted to write about the Children’s March."
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Nuri Vallbona

As Interviewed by Kachelle Kaufhold
"Sometimes I couldn't fall asleep because of the images from the camps. I just couldn't get them out of my head."
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Ricardo B. Lara

As Interviewed by Francis L.
"Even though, as a single person, you cannot change the entire country you can always turn a soul one by one and hopefully, you are able to affect more people and they will be able to affect more people and the entire nation will change."
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Fernando Velasco

As Interviewed by Naveen Yarlagadda
"I had a very loving family who taught me that racism and segregation was not the only thing in the world."
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James "Jim" Marcus

As Interviewed by Finlay Scanlon
"The hardest part of the job is the responsibility of the consequences, of me carrying someone’s life in my hands. Most cases don’t end well. If you end up on death row in Texas, they have a very high chance of being executed. I’ve had clients executed. And that’s incredibly difficult. I always wonder, 'What if I had made this decision instead of that decision. What if I had tried a different argument?' We’re constantly called upon to make strategic decisions, and when they don’t work it’s pretty hard not to second guess yourself. I wonder if I could’ve gotten a stay of execution if I had gone through door number two instead of door number one."
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Kerstin Somerholter

As Interviewed by Connor Somerholter
"I grabbed my camera and some money, told the doorman I was going across the street to make a call, and took a taxi to the West German embassy."
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Nada Gavrilov

As Interviewed by Nicholas Ray
"And when we came to Halifax. where we got off the ship, we were very happy. We were free."
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Susan Cantwell

As Interviewed by Sebastian Bell
"I got slapped and spit on by some football players for trying to defend one kid."
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Mike Martinez

As Interviewed by Y.V.
"Everybody on the City Council, right now, every single one of us, loaned ourselves money to get elected. And I don’t think you should have to do that; I think that if your dirt poor and want to run for office, your should have a fair shot at running for office."
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Eugene Tarrant

As Interviewed by Grace Ann Hornfischer
"We are all the same. You cut me, I cut you, and we both bleed red blood. There is no difference there."
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Bear Atwood

As Interviewed by Matthew Weinberg
"The way we think about the work that we do is that it can't just be lawyers telling people this is what people need. It has to be people living in their own communities saying this is what we need and lawyers assisting in the legal part of that. I don't want to go in and tell people what they need in their own lives because people know that already. And I don't always know what someone else needs, just as they might not know what I need."
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John Zou

As Interviewed by Michael Zou
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Damaris Nicholson

As Interviewed by Angelo S.
"I do believe it’s possible to fix the law system to be fair to all races, I believe that racism was created, many many years ago, and so If something has been created by us, then we are able to remove this from our society."
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Muralinda Rao Vavilikolanu

As Interviewed by Anusha V.
"Indian independence is a legendary struggle. There were many people who fought in number of ways against British rule."
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Jun Gao

As Interviewed by Amanda Xia
"We cannot understand their official reasons, but we must abide by the laws."
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Margaret C. Kremer

As Interviewed by Ezra Serrins
"Back in the olden days, in 1964 or so, President Kennedy made a famous speech in which he said 'Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country,' and the spirit of that speech caught on..."
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Robert Alexander Torres Sr.

As Interviewed by Robert Rodriguez
"She was probably five, six years old at the most. She looked up at me and she said, 'You’re a dirty Mexican.' And I was just flabbergasted, I was just... shocked."
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Jung Mi Hong

As Interviewed by A.K.
"Society is always taken by surprise at any given moment."
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Paul Turner

As Interviewed by Aidan W.
"There were some students who felt they were isolated in their new school because they didn't feel accepted by the people that were the current student body. In some cases, there was even violence, where people got into fights, and people were using racial epitaphs, and things like that."
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Carol Goulet

As Interviewed by Emily Goulet
"As a child, I swam in a pool with a sign saying Restricted on the outside. It wasn't until I got older when I found out that that meant only certain races could swim there. That angered me."
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Angie Montalvo

As Interviewed by Andrew H.
"...the first thing she told me was to take a shower and she said that my skin looked like kind of dirty so I felt sort of something bad. It was just my skin color."
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Rhonda Jefferson

As Interviewed by M. Barnes
"And I will never forget this, and I got on the bus, and another kid, who I thought was my friend, was sitting with a bunch of other kids, and they were talking about their summer plans. I was all excited because in the summer we went to the pool. Well, she blurts out 'Why are you going to the pool? Black people don’t swim.'"
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Gloria Bruno

As interviewed by S.B.
"I couldn't understand why there had to be so much violence in Texas. I just wish there wasn't so much violence in the world."
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Paula Salinas

As Interviewed by K.B.
"The hard thing is that sometimes stereotypes come from something but you have to look beyond that and see what is the basis of the stereotype and I think a lot of times it’s just laziness."
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Josie Ruedas

As Interviewed by J.M.
"I think that I was work too hard and not fairly paid enough."
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Swati Sarda

As Interviewed by Yash Sarda
"Diversity needs to be celebrated, not dictated."
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Jim Harrington

As Interviewed by Jordan Langmore
"Our economic structure is the basis of bias."
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Ben Carrington

As Interviewed by Ian G.
"There’s a saying that 'for evil to continue, good people must remain silent', in other words it’s not just enough to say, well I’m against people getting treated badly, but the question is, what are you actually doing to stop that from happening? And if you're not actually doing anything then really you’re just paying lip-service to it..."
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Leon Richardson II

As Interviewed by Peyton Tanzillo
"So there were people that once we got to know them and they got to know us, they realized we wanted to live our lives and wanted to live their lives like everyone else."
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