Teacher: C. Kepner:

Interviews 2017

Interviews 2016

Interviews 2015

Interviews 2014

Interviews 2013

Interviews 2012

Chin H. Kim

As Interviewed by Lisa M.
"We just believed we were a part of Japan, after all our name was a Japanese name."
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Dustin Chong

As Interviewed by Sarah C
""It makes it so much easier for Malays to get into any of the universities in Malaysia because they have the highest priority.""
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John Egan

As interviewed by Hannah Hufford
"When I was growing up there were very few images on TV that were positive about the LGBT community. The stereotypes were really played out. I feel like the stereotypes are still there but they're muted by the realistic portrayals that you see on TV...I mean it's just completely changed."
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Emilio Zamora

As Interviewed by Sophie Wysocki
"We want to show that if you have the right subject matter, the teachers are well prepared and interested, the parents supporting, the children are going to become good learners and theyíre going to be successful all the way through"
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David Meischen

As Interviewed by Eamon C.
"My father has never been in our house. The house I live in with Scott. Heís never been there. He wonít come there. And my dad still owns the family farm and Scottís never been there."
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Jennie Haywood

As Interviewed by Sanjay Pandiri
"If you go by the social convention, then you will never get anywhere."
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Steve Anderson

As Interviewed by N. J.
"These charities rely on fundraising and people to contribute dollars to keep them going and to help these kids to buy food to provide shelter, and to give them am education."
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Carol and Bob Dombroski

As Interviewed by Katherine Chacon
"Our kids take education for granted in our country, but those kids have such a desire to learn. Itís beautiful. "
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Kem Louie

Interviewed by Jeffrey K.
"As long as you know the score and as long as you know the situation and behave yourself, you gotta take it easy."
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Keri Kinsey

As Interviewed by Elaine Kinsey
"Because thatís what all children really deserve, is safe and permanent homes."
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Seth L. Wolitz

As Interviewed by Molly Dowe
"Well, at least I did one thing right in my life. I helped integrate Antoine's."
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Marcelo Encarnacion la Antigua

As Interviewed by Maddy E.
"No matter what the articles say, no matter what people say, in the Dominican Republic we will always remember Trujillo as a dictator and a murderer."
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Audrey McCann

As Interviewed by Savannah Riddles
"I did and still feel like I'm not one hundred percent part of the family because I can hear."
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Anissa Everett

As Interviewed by McKenna Everett
"I really appreciate being able to be that person, these kids might not have other people in their lives that they can trust, or just talk to or that they can just have fun with and just be kids with."
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Shannon Faye

As Interviewed By: Ella Gross
"Homeless people are human beings and by being human beings, we all share that common thread and hopefully that can at least start the idea that the homeless are people too and we should start treating them like people."
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Doug Duke

As Interviewed by Aubrey Harlan
"I lived a lie for thirty years, and people do lie, and live lifestyles that are different than ours. For them, this is their chance. "
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Brighton Williams

As interviewed by: Nathan Moore
"I felt like the big banks and corporations were taking over, and I did not think that was right."
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Elaine Hartle

As interviewed by William Slatton
"The biggest [problem with foster care] in Texas, well nationwide, is that foster care is supposed to be a very short-term layer between reuniting children with their biological family or getting them adopted, but thereís so much back and forth now that more and more youth are growing up in this system thatís not whatís meant to be. So you have youth that by the time they are in their teens have been in 15 or 20 different places. So thereís just a lack of security, a lack of a constant force in their lives and those are big struggles."
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Steven Olender

As Interviewed by Henry Stanford
"Our freedoms don't mean anything unless they're everyone's. I think that everyone should have the right to feel safe in their homes, to love their loved ones in the way that they want."
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Arnold Van Den Berg

As Interviewed by Lily Woytek
"But, the amazing thing was, I wasn't scared because I was really too young to realize that those bombs could be killing you."
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Frances Elizabeth Valdez

As Interviewed by Ollin Morales
"The Debate right now is are we even going to get immigration reform, or whether immigration reform is dead."
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Fred Burns

As Interviewed by Leah Rowan
"I don't think there's anything as fascinating and rewarding as what I do."
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Yingchan Tang

As Interviewed by Danika L.
"There was this strong, uncomfortable smell in the air. Sometimes, breathing was hard."
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Linda Gillan Griffin

Interviewed by Charlie Gillan
"I had was an $18 creative writing course and I was able to work that into a career."
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Alison Guckenberger

As interviewed by George Guckenberger
"I never really thought that people were different, based on their outside, Iíve always tried to look at people on the inside, and help people "
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Pauline Michno

By: Kenichi N.
"Women need to continue to be assertive, be knowledgeable, continue to prove their value, and know their product better than anybody else, male or female."
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Alvin P. Hochstein

As Interviewed by Evan Hochstein
"You could tell that, by the civilians that lived around me, the neighbors and so forth...that a lot of them were quiet about [the Vietnam War], they didnít want to talk about it, because they were against it."
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Deborah Nations

As Interviewed by James K.
"CEOs need to realize that by not leveraging women at leadership levels, or throughout the organization, they're really only leveraging half the population."
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Roger Roe

As interviewed by Luke Roe
"I remember seeing a magazine cover, possibly in the late 70s, probably 1978 or so, that said ĎHow Gay is Gay?í and that was the first time I really understood it was a cultural phenomenon that people were talking about."
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Bob Perkins

As Interviewed by Luke Thiessen
"My daddy was an American history teacher, so I grew up around all those books and my dad basically took the position that you had to fight for the right things. If he saw something going on that he thought was wrong, you would definitely hear about it. Iím certain that he would approve of what I do, in terms of fighting for [the right] things. "
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Bridget Footit

As interviewed by Alex Garcia
"It was definitely an eye opening experience just to learn about what life is like in certain places or just in certain situations."
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Henry Rodriguez

As Interviewed by Anna M.
"Well I guess we are reaching her."
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Alejandro Joan

As interviewed by Mikey O.
"... I am still the same person that I was before besides i am more just who I am than ever. "
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Sister Helen Prejean

As Interviewed By Walker Holmes
"Everybody is worth more than the worst thing they've done..."
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Luis G
"I needed to do something about it or no one would have."
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Joe Fischer

As Interviewed by East Hoelscher
"Where there's a will there's a way."
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Patricia Merrill

As Interviewed by Grant McCasland
"I want to be able to say that I lived my life in such a way that my children and my children's children had lived in a democracy and had enough."
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Kris Pham

As Interviewed by True Pham
"It was mostly a civil war between the North and the South."
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Anna Berkowitz

As interviewed by Bryce Yeazell
"The worst part of being in Auschwitz was you didn't know whether you were gonna live for one more day or not. The worst part was that you knew that your family probably was killed. The worst part was that we were separated from my father. The worst part was we were treated worse than animals."
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Prem Sehgal

As Interviewed by TJ Arora
"If there was nothing between India and Pakistan then people could still live in peace. People could live their lives doing what their family had been doing for centuries."
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Karen Liu

Megan L.
"If a Taiwanese women married a foreigner, their children cannot be Taiwanese because the mothers don't count."
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Kellie Dowell

As Interviewed by Isabel C.
"...the only way I could really be the best I think I could be would be to be truly who I really was."
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Paula Silvar : In Her Own Words

As Interviewed By: Sergio Flores
"[My husband] put his machete to [my son's] throat and I couldn't say anything. I couldn't do anything. As a woman, one was only supposed to obey the man. I never talked back to my husband because he said that if I left his side or talked back, he would hurt my family and I."
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Trina Barlow

As Interviewed by Anna F
"She left her home with her children in the middle of the night, with gunfire, and people setting fire to the houses around them, and they literally ran for their lives into the jungle."
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Anika Fassia

As Interviewed by Mallory G.
"I think they might seem like small acts of discrimination, but these things build up over time, and they all lead to make someone feel like they donít belong here. "
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Seth Cox

As Interveiwed by: Sebastian L. Leija
"Outward appearance is not everything."
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Joe Lopez

As Interviewed by Andrew Lopez
"They told me, you just got to eat."
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Gay Rights in Texas

Jason Brady
"If I wrote the laws it would not distinguish gay people from straight people"
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Carl Gregory

As interviewed by Alan Gregory
"I'm glad I didn't- I'm glad I listened to them, I'm glad I did things, cause if I hadn't, that would really be something to look back and regret."
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Juanita Smith

Noah Pastor
""I was told I could not do a certain project because I was Mexican""
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Rebeca Cardenas-Salinas

As interviewed by Christian Salinas
"Well, as a child I was treated as a person that was limited in English. Especially because I was raised, or actually went to school during a time when there was no bilingual education and so I feel like I was treated differently because I only knew Spanish and so the system was trying to teach to English as fast as they could but somehow it was like a sink or swim situation if you learned English you would swim and if you didnít you were going to sink. "
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Iram "J" Leon

A survivor of hardship.
"The way it was explained to me was that your brain is kind of like your body so if you lose a leg its kind of going to be inconvenient but odds are as long as you move at the right accessory but the thing is that it isn't going to affect your lifespan but that someone has a whole lot less space."
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Ronbas A.

As Interviewed By Sanjana A.
"If someone cracks a joke on another clearly based on their color or how they look or what their race is, I think itís definitely racism related issue, and I think it should be avoided at all costs."
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KJ Byers

As interviewed by K.A
"On the bus mainly and they, we, had an odd situation, because Houston compared to what you may have heard about other places, the buses that we traveled on didn't enforce segregation, that is having to sit behind a line. You could sit anywhere on the bus, in fact I'd often sit behind the bus driver with all my sisters and brothers, and we never had any trouble."
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N. Avila

As Interviewed by M.A
"America is a terrorist because what we did, is come in and we basically killed and we murdered and we took over the land of the Native Americans. So isn't it like that, how the Osama bin Laden wanted to do and North Korea wants to do, if they are terrorist also and so are we."
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Bee Ellington

As Interviewed By Seth Ellington
"I have been segregated against in a lot of different ways as a woman in this society."
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Regina Ball

As Interviewed by Lilly B.
"Seeing the peopleís faces light up when you talk to them and interact with them can just brighten your day as well as theirs."
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Joye Price and Brenda Marlin

As interviewed by Sarah Jackson
"I would want to be myself no matter what."
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Rick Flores

As Interviewed by Ryan Noser
"We all have our disabilities - and it is just a matter of how you deal with it, how do you cope with it, and how do you work around it, and what do you make of it."
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Chao-Hsiang Su

As Interviewed by Michelle S.
"They had to surrender Taiwan to Japan for conversation."
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Deana Henry

As Interviewed By C. T.
"I never thought about that, I wanted to work with people."
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Emily Ardolino

As Interviewed by Connor Fierro
"In a way, this is maybe a triumph for the civil rights movement in terms of employment law. The fact that, when there is true liability against an employer for discrimination, harassment or something similar, usually it is not in the employerís best interest to fight the claim in court. It is truly best for everyone to come to a settlement agreement without dragging things through the courts."
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Karim Hirani

As Interviewed by Aly H.
"I felt then that our country was violated, but also that my religion was hijacked by terrorists. And since then Islam has been viewed in a negative light in the western world."
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Duane Moore

As interviewed by Jorge V
"Even for the whites it became something that was good riddance because it was a type of pressure that did not had to exist."
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Nancy Watson

As Interviewed by Jacob W.
"Just going to big university and then traveling, living out of state for a few years it just really shows you whatís different."
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Lauren Schwab

As Interviewed by Ashley Ge
"Different is good, different is cool, find out about different, you're gonna learn something you might like."
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Angela Ferrari: In Her Own Words

As interviewed by Andrew Bolduc
"I would like to see more religious institutions in Austin, because we can organize out of a lot of them, besides schools and seven or eight, but I would like to see more of the faith institutions become involved in these issues because it is involved in Christian teachings, Jewish teachings, Muslim teachings, that you become involved with helping the poor."
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Pooja Mulgaonkar

Swati Y.
"Not only in United States but also in India, there has been tremendous progress, awareness, and a lot of new programs have started."
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Gina Flores

As interviewed by J.C.C.
"We had people in our shop from all walks of life."
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William Fisher

As Interviewed by William Fisher
"...being in the army was good discipline. You learned to do the things you had to do and if you didn't they'd make you do them anyways. So that was, that was ok."
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Shea Gordon

As Interviewed by Wesley S.
"What are we going to do about this. These people are going to end up homeless. Think about how many people this is affecting. They work their whole lives to earn this retirement and weíre letting them down."
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Dr. P.K. Ram Reddy

As Interviewed by Manasa Sudunagunta
"There is no problem of spending the time and in India we can be free."
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Cynthia Lowen

As Interviewed by Claire Cabler
"What millions of kids are going through is a silent and invisible epidemic of violence."
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Lori Duke

John Kilfoyle, 2014, Student
"The trouble is we treat everything like itís a cold. ďTake some cold medicine. Have some soup and some rest.Ē When in reality we have a cancer, an invading, metastatic cancer, and the system responds as if itís a cold."
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Margie Holland

As Interviewed by Lucia M.
"The whole time itself went from this period of time where everyone comes home and eats supper and relaxes and nothing changes to the upheaval of the 60ís where weíre going to change social order, people are being assassinated, thereís a war in a foreign country and we donít even know these people."
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Laurie Heffron

As interviewed by M.K.
"I always, as long back as I can remember, was interested in social justice issues, from the time I was probably a kid and was interested in international issues and multicultural issues and learning about people from all over the world."
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Dr. Jennie Campos

As Interviewed by Richard Esai Rojo
"So in my mind as a child growing up, I always associated discrimination against my father with him going back into the Air Force and eventually being killed."
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Linda Tyler

Garrett V.
"I told my mother I wanted to be a minister, and do you know what she did? She laughed."
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Tina Carter

John Bosco
""None of my credentials make me an expert in generational poverty, but my experience does.""
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Sarah Eller

As Interviewed by Jamie Dawson
"I learn how to see things in other peopleís perspectives, and really kind of think through where people are and what theyíre going through and how it affects them, and that affects how you deal with other people."
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Lois Kim

As Interviewed by Sylvia R.
"There was a kid down our street who would you know, kind of make Asian eyes with his fingers, and call us chinks, my sisters and myself, even though, of course we not Chinese and thatís a very derogatory term."
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Darcy McNutt

As interviewed by Julia Butler
"In elementary school, we definitely didn't get treated with much respect in terms of knowing what we were doing and making our own decisions. Even in middle school we didn't really get that."
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Tony West

By: Sofia Di Fiore
""When I came out Ė and I was really out and no longer apologetic and no longer going to hide Ė I called everyone I could think of to let them know. And maybe that is silly, but I thought that there are hundreds of people in my life who respect me, and maybe if they knew this about me, maybe when they met someone who is gay theyíll think twice about thinking this is a strange person.""
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Kimberly Upchurch

As Interviewed by Amanda Eller
"I feel that Iím able to look at all the blessings in my life, and see that the challenges that we face arenít as great as other people."
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Jeff Harper, and Mark Seeger

Kathryn Christian
"I think you can be yourself to a certain extent. There's still a line you don't cross."
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Mary Ann

As interviewed by Michael Wallace
"I think thatís part of the problem. We believe that everyone had the same chance [to end up homeless]. But thatís not true. Some people come back. A lot of people that live on the streets have mental illnesses. If they donít have, canít afford treatment, canít afford medicine, and they donít have a family thatís able to take care of them."
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Kacey Schmitt

As interviewed by Maggie Bisone
"The only way that people can really understand each other is just to get to know each other."
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John Ochoa

As interviewed by J.D
"...I was mad for a while but then I grew out of it and forgave the judge."
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Anne P. Wilson

As interviewed by David wilson
"Youíre trying to make sure your child is getting all the care she needs. With a special needs child, youíre just fighting a little harder, and trying to keep on top of everything. "
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Joe K. Longley

Patrick Fox
""I represent individuals just like you or anyone else who might walk into my office. I donít represent corporations, or insurance companies. As a matter of fact, Iím usually suing corporations and insurance companies.""
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Blanka Lipinski

As Interviewed by Yana K.
"I just didn't understand how people can be so polite with one person and so rude with another."
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Leroy Hiller

As interviewsed by C.Laake
"I don't think there was one defining moment that was like, 'Ohhhh you're gay,' but over time you start to notice that I had different feelings."
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Seok Cheng Ng

As interviewed by Brendan Lim
"[The] U.S. was like a big, huge fantasy land. Disneyland, branded Levi's, Nikes..."
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Barbara Hines

As Interviewed by George Borowski
"For many people immigration is not a criminal issue its really a migration issue, people have migrated for years around the globe. People come for economic reasons, people come because of civil war, people come because of famine, there are many reasons why people come. People have always come to this country as immigrants."
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Robert Herbert

As Interviewed by Samuel Drosche
"I remember during that time, Scarboroughís didnít like us to try on hats. They wouldnít let blacks put hats on... if you put on a hat theyíd make you buy it."
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Philip Sanders

As Interviewed By Noah Gershoff
"...I was much in favor because I knew the schools where I had given kids the kind of education they needed and I knew that discriminating people based on race is a terrible thing to do to persons..."
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Lori Striegler

As Interviewed by Niamh Gracie
"I believe women should have the power, I believe that you know, a woman should never rely on a man to take care of them."
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John Frances Sloan

As Interviewed by Mamie Seiler
"When you're exposed to people trying to kill each other for a year I don't think you can avoid being touched, avoid being affected, so yes I was a different person."
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Conrad Klahn

As Interviewed by: David P
"Social injustice to me is people that have never had opportunities because society is designed such that they don't get the opportunities"
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Parul Desai

As Interviewed by Elan McMinn
"I donít have a dowry, but I have a degree."
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Aurora Flores-Wolsky

As Interviewed by Andrew Chow
"I learned from all these experiences that it doesnít matter how much money you have or your race. What matters is your brain, heart, and soul."
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Terry Smith

As Interviewed by Ethan B. Huie
"This was 1972, but it was that Mississippi state had men's dorms that had balconies so there were men's suits that had balconies and there were couple of occasions where the African American students were coming back to the residence hall and you had other students who were standing on the balcony with eggs and tomatoes. We wound up cleaning up eggs and tomatoes but you know 79 out out of 7900 whach you goin to do?"
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