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Monday, September 08, 2003

Million Youth March

My first experience with discrimination was when I was on the boardwalk in Atlantic City. I was, probably, 12 years old and hanging out in my Dad's store. There was a black power march along the boardwalk. I remember it very clearly. I saw lots of people singing and shouting, and I went out to march with them.

I got about 10 steps out of the door, and a young girl, about my age, saw me walking with the crowd. She said, "This march ain't for you. We don't want you here". I got very upset, and ran back to the store.

I know now that it was, of course, just one 12 year old girl, hardly representative of the entire rally.

I'm sad that I missed this year's Million Youth March. It would be interesting to see it with an adult's perspective.

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