Teacher: C. Kepner:

Interviews 2017

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Interviews 2015

Interviews 2014

Interviews 2013

Interviews 2012

Amy Ford

As Interviewed by Zoey Kemp
"When we decided to foster children, we called several agencies, most of them laughed at us, and said 'no'."
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Cynthia Osborne

As interviewed by Sophia B
"Being born into poverty shouldn't control your life outcomes. Children should be able to follow their dreams and live up to their full potential regardless of where they start."
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Mr. Hung Hua

As interviewed by Ananya Venkateswaran
"My parents were business people, so our family was classified as one of the worst citizen class in the country."
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Steve Crow

As interviewed by J.G.
"Hopefully someday, we will decide that we want to be able to take care of more of our Texas citizens and allow for them to have access to medical care, to medicaid."
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Susan Driver

As interviewed by Charlie Riley
"Sports build self-confidence, they make you realize that if you work hard you can achieve things that you didn't think you could and therefore develop self-confidence in sports , you can apply it in your work."
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Stephanie Pollom

As Interviewed by Whitney W.
"Its sad to say, but there are people that always have to have someone to look down upon. If they donít use race and they donít use social injustice, then they have to accept that their problems are created by them and not because of somebody else."
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John Doe

By: Shirish Pandam
"One of my high school classmates was not allowed to enter our homes or temples or have dinner with us."
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Sarah Dukes

As Interviewed by Maria R.
"They are all completely different and they are all their own person."
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Sara E. Saltmarsh

As Interviewed by Eshita S.
"Life and liberty, when you are looking at going to jail for not having a lawyer or proper representation."
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Holly Phillips

As Interviewed by Ibraheem Moosa
"I am actually grateful that I had experienced discrimination against me because it gave me a more compassionate heart."
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Dickie Joe Ladner

As Interviewed by Amalie White Wenner
"I was unable to get a job. I couldn't get in the military. I tried to get in on the naval base. I tried to work in a computer company. I tried to work at the shipyard. And no one would hire people [who were] handicapped."
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Carole Cowan Moore

As Interviewed by Sofia Moore
"Everyone in the United States seemed to be on the same page. They were fighting a terrible fascism and ruthless killings and eliminations by the Nazis."
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Bong Sup Lee

As Interviewed by Helen M.
"During the Japanese occupation, Japanese government took over Korean government, so we just lived like Japanese people."
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Derly Tijerina

As Interviewed by: David Williams
"That disparity is rampant, between rural and basically between any suburban environments for internet."
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Mary Patrick

As Interviewed by Sam Buford
"Among the young people I work with in politics, I see no prejudice. Once the older generation is gone, maybe prejudice will go away. Maybe we won't see it anymore."
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Murhula Zigabe

As Interviewed by Jackson Eckel
"It is my way of giving them support, it is my way of being close to them when they are suffering."
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Major Neal E. Suggs

Kael Suggs
"I was not terribly impressed with the civilian oversight or the news media coverage because I was actually there and saw what was happening and the papers didn't reflect what was actually going on."
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Ann McCracken and Trish Young

As interviewed by Zoe Min
"Weíve even heard people say - you know if people want to marry their same sex partner, they might want to marry their horse or their dog - which is just absurd...Where they get that is because some people think that being gay is like a perversion...Itís kind of getting people to understand that being gay is not that different than being straight."
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Nayan Patel

As Interviewed by Anya Parag
"Discrimination was almost part of the day to day culture. Although we live in 21st century, even in todayís day and age you'll find areas where there's a lot of racial tension over there and you kind of just get used to it."
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Aleksandr Ostrovsky

As Interveiwed bt Ava B.
"In, I don't remember, Ď74 or Ď75, the Communist party of Russia decided that desire to leave the Soviet Union is a symbol of mental illnessóyou must be crazy to decide to leave the Soviet Union"
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Nancy Labastida

As Interviewed by Zoe Dubin
"To jerk your pin means my sorority pin should be taken away and I should be kicked out of the sorority. I was delighted with that, I mean, to me she looked so ridiculous and pitiful."
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Phillip Edgington

As Interviewed by Owen Edgington
"And so it made me aware of the price they pay."
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Kim Nguyen

As interviewed by Akash Geeni
"We want freedom."
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Jinna MacLaurin

As Interviewed By: Mira MacLaurin
"Being aware that I was being paid less and putting up with sexual harassment at the same time did affect me. "
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Nabeel Naiyer

As Interviewed by Christine N.
"You can't really judge something you haven't experienced."
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John Phoung

As Interviewed by Q.N.
"We were treated differently, from other people because if you or your family was involved in the government or support the South government, youíre not, doesnít have the same opportunity like any other in education or work. "
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Ms. L

As Interviewed By: Bob L.
"We were talked down to and assigned tasks the men didn't really want to do."
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Linda Smith

As Interviewed by: Sam Richter
"We grew up, thinkin' that we were a little better. And I guess that was our attitude without even thinkin' about it. We really should have."
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Lyndsi Shae Bostwick

As Interviewed by Rachel P.
"I felt like the purpose of my life was to feel real joy, not just to be tough."
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Aaron Skinner

As Interviewed by Emma R.
"I learned that my family is tougher than I thought. They were able to deal with a lot of the 'me being gone,' that they didn't know what was going on with me."
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Mimi Kepner

As interviewed by Vincent L.
"...One thing that we all learned from that experience, adults and the counselors alike, was that no matter where these kids came from, or what race they were, or how poor they were, we were all the same."
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Kevlin Wiedemeyer

As Interviewed by Parth S
"What I learned on both sides is that children are children and most of them want to be successful."
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Walter

As Interviewed by Emily S.
"Women were saying; Look, we want that promotion to commander. And weíre guaranteed it by congress. So, you have to train us and take us out on ship."
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Tina Sparkles

As Interviewed by Carter Torn
"I think that the biggest root of the problem is the whole world of consumerism, and making money. Just how much stuff we actually buy."
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Susan Eason

As Interviewed by Roman U.
"Wouldnít it be nice if the world ran the way it should in that everyone that is born in this country has the same rights, the same opportunities, the same educational potential? That doesnít happen, obviously, and thatís why The ARC exists."
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Martha Diase

As Interviewed by Sophie Ayer
"All people have different abilities and disabilities; disability is just another aspect of being human."
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Christine Grant

As Interviewed by Ashley C.
"I feel most separated when Iím with people I love, so like a family reunion, and the conversation is floating around the room and Iím hearing about 1/8th of it. And thatís hard for me but I just try to be part of the ambiance. Thatís where I feel most separated because those people are who I love the most. "
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Xiaoyan Li

As Interviewed By Keyu Chen
"I was poor, I was small, and at school, yes, I got bullied."
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Jackie Ortega

As Interviewed by Emma Galbraith
"They were basically working as slaves, they worked their butts off, but they didnít get paid at all, so it was really injustice."
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Robert C.

As Interviewed by Juan Ceresa
"I was born in Cuba, and this is the first time I have left Cuba, so I have lived there for my whole life. My childhood in Cuba was like any other childhood in Cuba, an education that was strictly controlled, that was heavily influenced with politics. This was not unusual with his generation, those who were raised out of the 1970ís. "
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Guadelupe S. Ruiz

As Interviewed by Milla Gary
"We just had to get up early in the morning and we all bunched up in a truck, like migrant workers, and they took in a ride to the field where we were having to make bundles of onions together, put them together and we would pack them up."
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Beryl Kerwick

As Interviewed by Kate Kerwick
"She said, 'I don't want to sit next to a sweaty old scrub woman that might come and sit next to me.'. Well, then I said to her, 'But that woman is probably in more of a need of sitting down and having a rest than you are because you've been sitting in an air conditioned office all day and she is, if she is a scrub woman, she's been working very hard physically.'"
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Leo Lalla and Bret cunningham

As Interviewed by Jacob M.
"Just this year, three months ago my company now offers domestic/partner insurance."
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Amanda Corbett

As interviewed by Chance Reeve
"When you look at where we were at fifty years ago against now, itís come very very far, and I think thatíll probably continue as our culture starts to expect different things and different ways, like women being leaders in companies or things like that, that weíll get there...But we're not there yet. "
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Father Bill Wack, C.S.C.

As Interviewed by Grant Robinett
"There are two feet of social justice. So if you imagine two shoes or two footprints, one is direct service like giving someone a blanket or giving them food . . . the other foot is trying to change laws so they can have more affordable housing. It takes both direct service and advocating or trying to change laws to make peoples' lives better."
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Hubert Tien

As Interviewed by Cora Tien
"The language, first and foremost, was the biggest barrier."
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Scherry Johnson

As Interviewed by Jimmy Walker
"It's all about fairness, whats fair. It didn't seem fair to me that just because your female you couldn't do thing that men were encouraged to do."
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Nur Yazdani

As Interviewed by Zeeshan Yazdani
"There should have been at least one president from East Pakistan, but that never happened."
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Jo Ann Schatz

As interviewed by Luc Alexander
"I believe the disabled should be part of everything we do."
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Elizabeth C.

As Interviewed by Alex Barrera-Waters
"Is your fight to stay in the country where youíve built a life and where youíve had children who are US citizens? Is that your country?"
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Jim Harrington

By Joe Bates
"I had always wanted to help people and I think that the way it sort of focused for me over the years as being interested in civil rights issues."
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Edwin Colfax

As Interviewed by Schuyler C.
"The most fundamental problem was, a number of people had been convicted, and sentenced to death, and later proven to be innocent."
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Claudia McDonald

As Interviewed by Maddie Corum
"So while the white students had a ladder that gave us direction, I know now that the ladder for the black students was shaky, small and not very long, they never quite had the same opportunities."
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Marcia Bernstein

As Interviewed by Aaron G
"You hear so much about what disabled people can not do, but these people were an example of what disabled people can do."
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Robert Wickman

As Interviewed by Andrew Kim
"When you are in school and you live in that type of environment, the way it affects your life primarily, is if you are smaller than them or not as strong as them, or not as numerous, then you look for ways to hide."
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Janet Hertel

As Interviewed by
"While we were waiting, some man got too close to one of those ladders and those machine guns were all cocked and the guards were shouting at that man."
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Hema Raja

As Interviewed by Nishtha T.
"I was always taught to think of humans as humans."
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Donald Whitney Vincent

As Interviewed by Ryan Vincent
"There was Ku Klux Klan where we where raised, but you know we really didn't pay attention to them, we had other things on our mind."
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Nancy Shugart

As Interviewed by Rosalind Yang
"Find what youíre passionate about, be willing to take risks, and persist."
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Anupriya Sethi

As Interviewed by Reha Kakkar
"Once I was giving a presentation and people couldn't even sit through the atrocities that the victims go through."
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Jonathan Sayer

As Interviewed by Evan Sayer
"Our ultimate goal in the hospital is that everyone that comes through the door is able to discharge home in a safe way."
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Kisla Jimenez

as Interviewed by Sean H.
"Fair Trade means that not only is it transparent ... but it also means the working conditions are fair to the person who is making the product."
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Jon Evans

As Interviewed by Jackson E.
"Well, you know, I got involved representing people that were facing the death penalty because I was concerned about the level of representation. There has been a lot of press over the years about bad lawyers representing people facing the death penalty not getting very good and adequate representation."
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Karen Tiffin

As Interviewed by Allison Schafer
"Bias is a learned behavior; possibly even a habit."
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Debbie

Seth W
"There is no right way to be a person."
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Jane M.

As Interviewed by Krishanu R.
"I want to convey that you are just trying to get a cup of coffee or get your kid a cookie or walk down the street or go into a museum or take a tour bus and people will keep giving you trouble and that can wear you out."
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The story of Ricardo

Interviewed by Ruben Valdovinos jr
"I didn't do a years worth of training to sit behind a desk."
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Mike Hicks

As Interviewed by Grace Garven
"The police force was awful, it was very very conservative and it had about one third of its members were members of the Ku Klux Klan, so there were hardly any minority officers in the force, and in fact I think there were only two, and they were there by political appointment."
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Gretchen Bueide

As Interveiwed By Sonoma Camozzi
"So i think i would have felt more safe to come out earlier because i think there is more understanding or acceptance then there was in you know, the 70ís. "
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Vinai R.

As Interviewed by Maddy Pollack
"Even if they look different, they speak different, most people are good people."
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Barry Fisher

As Interviewed by Terry P
"Thatís usually what happens. Big business has interests in different lands and we call it democratic support and go in to support big business at the expense of our boys and girls."
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An Interview With Anna

Zayne Lumpkin
"It changed my life forever."
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Janie Ney Jones

As Interviewed by Spencer W.
"My daddy's best friend was black and because P.K. was black, it wasn't appropriate for him to come into the house and eat at our table. He had to eat on back porch. It was the way it was done back then."
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Maria del Carmen Ortiz

As Interviewed by MM
"I never thought that was possible, you know, coming again from a large family with very, very little, few resources."
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Tanya Voss

As Interviewed by Cade Marriott-Voss
"Humanity is capable of beautiful things and terrible things, and one of the terrible things about humanity is that, as a whole, we continue to discriminate."
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Anonymous

As Interviewed by Laura Butler
"I think everyone should be able to get help. If you're courageous enough to admit that you are a pedophile, and to seek help for it, thenÖ then, you know that's big and people shouldn't overlook that, people should take that into consideration and evaluate that personís character."
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Leslie Losby

As interviewed by Holden Murphy
"My one friendÖ She is, was, very religious, and I remember them kind of being OK with it to my face, and then she said ďLove the sinner, hate the sin.""
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Gail Coffee

Sam Parker
"I kinda paused and pretended to look at something on the ground and I heard one of em say to the other 'oh she just doesn't want to be seen with us' and that was true."
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Carol Goulet

As interviewed by Jack Goulet
"I just remember I was just so shocked when Martin Luther King was murdered, and then it was like then, I started noticing the prejudice that people had that I didn't know."
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Janet B. Booher

As interviewed by Luke L.
"I was not a wilting flower, I was the kind of person who would stand up for myself."
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Deliana Garcia

As Interviewed By Eli Walther
"I think that the smartest thing that has ever been told to me is that water ducks back. This means even if people are being mean and/or unfair in life you can't let it faze you, you have to keep fighting for what is right"
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Jo Garcia

As Interviewed by Isaac Lewis
"Teachers had to be bribed to come and teach at our district so we often got teachers that were not certified teachers, but we felt that we were getting the best of what was available to us."
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Harry

As Interviewed by Brian Sawyer
"I would say that crimes against gay people because they're gay are no more acceptable than crimes against black people or Mexicans because they are not white."
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Sarah Eckhardt

As Interviewed by Emma C.
"Texas isnít very generous to people. We have a very low per capita expenditure in state funds and local funds. So often times people who have mental health issues or are living in extreme poverty end up in the criminal justice system which unfortunately is the only place they can get services in Texas."
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David Whitman

As interviewed by Lydia C.
"But we heard a big explosion just above us in One World Trade Center, and we looked out the window, and we saw just bright blue sky...but debris, and papers and just tons of it...it looked like a ticker-tape parade, it was so kinda surreal...flying out of the building."
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Mehrunnisa Ghanchi

Zahir Shaikh
"Things can be settled by negotiation and peace talks but war is the worst outcome."
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Rehema

as interviewed by Kate Davern
"It takes a lot of energy to break through the cultural shield that a woman is below a man. No matter who you are or what your class is as long as you are a woman, you are below a man."
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Jyotsna Swaroop Naik

As Interviewed By: Ambika Chauhan
"The society is made up of a man and a woman like two pillars, and if you are rolling out these types of injustices to girls, it is bound to affect the social fabric."
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Alison G. Gass

As Interviewed by Marylin R.
"My passion, my love, I just feel like Iím more than just a teacher, in the last five years of teaching, I feel like more than just a teacher, Iím their advocate. And it doesn't matter if I know their name or not, I will stand up for them, no matter what."
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Rachel Davila

As Interviewed By Dylan Davila
"My mom taught me not to take abuse from anyone, and we were born not to take abuse by anyone."
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Guillermina Ayala

As Interviewed by: Adelynn L
"I just feel like here in the United States, it's more transparent, that people do more, and people get involved more, in order to help others."
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Anne Hansen

As interviewed by Gabe Price
"Weíve made a lot of strides in increasing the number of women in science, in the life sciences in particular."
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Shakeel Abdulla

As Interviewed by Aalim Abdullah
"I came to the U.S. with 100 dollars in my pocket."
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John C.

As Interviewed by Hannah C.
"You know, Ďcause there are parts in India where Christians are burnt alive."
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Gloria G.

As Interviewed by Diego Guzman
"I think the greatest accomplishment of the Civil Rights Movement was when all the schools got integrated and all the kids went to each others campuses."
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Pat Berri

As Interviewed by Atticus Jones
"I couldn't understand how people could be not nice to other people, so I guess it was hard to watch."
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Saundra Kirk

As Interviewed by Emma Linder
"I faced some violence in several of the protests that I did. There was a protest that we held at the State Capitol and someone put a cigarette out on my arm. Iíd been hit, all of these were on protest lines when we were doing the marches."
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Mr. Lynn Pham

As interviewed by Gabe Brandt
"It left me questioning and me trying to understand why the south and the american soldiers were fighting the north and the Viet Kong and all these things were going in on my head and I don't understand why."
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