'This Is Alice Korngold, She's an Activist'

'This Is Alice Korngold, She's an Activist'

That's how Eugene Lang introduced me to the President of Swarthmore College when we met a few years ago. I was startled by the introduction. Standing there in Gene Lang's office in my black suit and black patent heels, that wasn't the introduction I anticipated. I've thought it over many times since then. And actually, Gene Lang nailed it.
 
By the age of sixteen, I could have been the poster child for a crisis nursery, domestic violence shelter, and rape crisis center. On the positive side, however, I grew up in Washington, D.C. in a neighborhood nestled in Rock Creek Park, with friends from many countries, religions, and races. After school, we played hop-scotch and double-dutch jump rope, and roller-skated and biked for hours. On weekends, we went to Carter Barron Amphitheater in the park to see concerts with Diana Ross, and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. We also marched for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam. In my home, famous and controversial movement leaders came for dinners and discussions.
 
Continue reading the original Alice Korngold blog on Huffington Post.

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