“Back in the 1900s he was very successful…”
From Diamond Kemp Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy

A memorable experience I had was the death of my great grandfather. He was a good man. When he was young he moved to Washington, D.C. to become a businessman. He owned two businesses, one was a shoe cleaning business and the other was a motel business. Back in the 1900s he was very successful and hearing these stories about him made me very proud.

I found out about his death on February 2nd, 2010, around 3:30am. I broke down after hearing the news and hearing my brother crying made it even worse. The funeral was the first I had in years. The only sound I could hear was the broken hearts of my kin. I will not forget the event that happened that day. It was a sad memory but I will always keep it in my heart.

Interview conducted in Washington, DC .


scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I was kind of getting scared…what if my potential is not as high as theirs?”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…you never know how it feels getting back up if you never fall down.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “I never wanted this to happen.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… a whole lot of people in St. Louis haven't been to the Arch.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “… after that I felt worthless, and like a coward.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “Some teenagers my age are not like me for one big and important reason…”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “…it’s not all ice cream and cake.”
scu_gatewaystem150x175 “They just have to accept me for who I am.”
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