I was a student at Antioch College in August 1963. I and a few friends watched three buses pull away on the way to Washington, DC to what promised to be an historic demonstration for civil rights. No sooner had they left when we looked at each other and said, “Really? Chem lab and studying is more important! Really?” and we climbed into a car and headed east for what turned out to be an historic demonstration. Shortly after arriving on the Mall, I was approached by a young man with multiple cameras around his neck. When he asked why I was at the demonstration, I said something silly about wondering the same thing because I had exams the next week. He said, “No seriously, I am with the Washington Post.” So, I found something responsible to say and the next day my photo and quote were in the Post. This day helped shape who I am today far more than the exams when I returned to campus.
Submitted: February 22, 2013