laughs. “But, that’s what I will be talking about today — the importance of history and why we must preserve memories.

“From everything I was able to see last night at the opening reception, where we had an attendance that was just mind-blowing, there were so many students, Black and White, who came up to me and hugged me and thanked me for what I had done.”  Hunter-Gault says that it’s important that we understand and learn from our past as we continue to fight and struggle in the future.

“We do make progress, if those who believe in justice continue to fight in whatever way they are equipped to fight,” she says.  “There are enough positives in our struggle for freedom and dignity and justice and equality that should inspire us no matter what the challenge is, but we can be more empowered and encouraged to fight those fights if we look at the battles that we’ve fought in the past and won. “You know, Barack Obama said when he was campaigning in Selma in 2008 that he stands on the shoulders of giants,” she adds. “Well, Barack Obama wouldn’t be president

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