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By Lydia Kautz
The Daily Union 

Man rises from dark past to start a youth mentoring program


February 17, 2017

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — When Curtis Jackson was in third grade, he wanted to be white.

It wasn't the skin color he envied, it was the privileges that seemed to come attached to it. He wanted what white people had — wealth, a nice house, the good life — things almost everyone wants.

But in pre-civil-rights-movement America, these things weren't available to people of color such as himself. If asked, he could never have imagined a black president. He could never have seen himself as a banker, a lawyer or a senator.

The only people he saw of his own race who had what he wanted were pi...

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