Valentine Irungu, sophomore, biology major: Going to Medgar Evers home was surreal, especially stepping on the same places he stood and seeing where the shots ricocheted in the kitchen. Also, we learned about his personal life, his wife, and children and we learned that he was a mild, nice, gentle man.
I never met a civil rights veteran before meeting Hollis Watkins. Talking to him one on one was a moving experience. He was so humble, resilient, and forgiving. He wasn’t bitter and didn’t hold a grudge, even after all he went through. His personality reminded me of my grandmother. I loved how he interacted with all of us through song. That was a key part for me.