Dion Diamond was sitting at a "whites only" lunch counter in Arlington, Va., in 1960 when a crowd started gathering around him. At the time, he was a young black man participating in a sit-in at a local five-and-dime store with a group of black and white university students, and they were drawing some attention from people who didn't want them protesting. At one point, a white boy — maybe 12 or 13 — pointed his finger at Dion. He seemed to say, " 'Get out, you know you are not wanted here,' " Dion tells StoryCorps in Washington, D.C. "I could only hope that as he got older, some of his attitudes regarding equality and equal rights changed," he says. Dion, now 76, started doing sit-ins at 15. He grew up in the 1950s in Petersburg, Va., and says he...
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