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Re: “Civil Rights Icon Ann Atwater, July 1, 1935 - June 20, 2016

I met the amazing Ann Atwater,= and her friend Mr CP Ellis, when they gave a lecture at NCCU. They recounted their days working on opposite sides of the issue of school integration. Mr Ellis lost all his friends and his standing in the community for abandoning the Klan and siding with Ms Atwater during the fight for Civil Rights. Her amazing spirit, willingness, and ability to reach over the racial divide in such a dangerous era are a testament to the human spirit. Mr Ellis could not deny this and it changed him profoundly. We should all strive to reach out to people whose behavior and beliefs pain us. To those whose ideals injure and demean us. When we silence those who we disagree with, or even despise, we encourage the cancer of hate to secretly spread and go untreated. Free speech is difficult because it allows almost all discourse. As people who value freedom we must accept the pain and difficulty of respectfully listening to those who abhor us, or whose beliefs we abhor. Then we must respond with truth, where ever it is found, and with compassion. Ms Atwater knew this and practiced it to a degree that was almost superhuman. It was an honor and a privilege just to hear her speak. I will never forget it. This is a time for us to remember her struggle and to follow in her footsteps. May she rest in peace.

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Posted by Shannon Talton on 06/20/2016 at 5:29 PM

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