The volatile times of the '60sproduced a new generation of black leadership and organizations battling racism and segregation around the country. The drama swept me up. I attended political rallies and demonstrations, pickets, and sit-ins. I was awed by the fiery rhetoric and speeches, impressed by the display of courage to stand up to the man and the corrupt American government. I wanted to be Black, not Negro, so I grew an Afro to identify with the movement and with the men and women at the forefront of the struggle for human and civil rights.