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" No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. "  - Nelson Mandela   For my children, step-children, and grandchildren.  I was born in 1961 into a segregated nation. This is my story. John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 when I was 2 years old.  Five years later, Martin Luther King Jr, and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated within 3 months of each other.  I remember talking about Richard Nixon's candidacy with classmates on our elementary school playground. It is my first recollection of politics and national issues. I was 8. In 1969 my father moved our family from Ohio to Chattanooga,Tennessee to prepare for the ministry.  In the summer of 1970  we were witness to racial fighting that broke out in a local high school. The catalyst of the fighting, we w

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