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Safe Travels

At the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: Shira Gorelick.

“Stay safe,” I repeated to everyone I knew traveling to The March. “Just keep yourself safe.” My caution surprised some but images of the ’60’s were haunting my sleep.

1963: I rode south with classmates as an exchange student for a few days at Hampton College, Virginia, a “Negro College.” We attended classes, slept in the women’s dorm, participated in discussions with students at the home of the college president. I rode the bus downtown with my roommate.

“Can’t we sit together?” I asked as she pointed me to a seat and then sat herself further to the back.

“No. I’m not looking to be killed. I’m buying material for my wedding dress.”