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How has the civil rights movement affected you personally?

I don’t think you can be African American and not be touched by the civil rights movement. I remember talking with my uncle when I was younger, and he told me how he was with Dr. King at the March on Washington in 1963. Though the civil rights movement was led by African Americans, like Dr. King, people of all races worked for its success. I spoke with my uncle recently, and he told me he would never have envisioned that we would have an African American president. Still, there is much more to be done and the essence and spirit of the civil rights movement must go on.

Are there any words of wisdom you would like to pass along to our readers?

Pick something you love to do and do it well. That may be cliché, but it is so true. Your job is where you’re going to spend most of your waking time as an adult, and it can have a dramatic influence on the other aspects of your life. It doesn’t matter what it is you like to do—health care, engineering, art work, sanitation—if you are happy doing it, you will be successful.