I was just starting high school in 1960. I was a witness, if not a participant, in fight for civil rights. I lived up north in an integrated community, and at times wondered what all the fuss was about. As the turbulent '60s progressed, I began to understand as much as a white person can the unequal treatment people of color received in what I had been led to believe was a country where “all men were created equal,” the word “men” in this phrase being gender neutral.