The new president of the HRC has been involved in politics his whole life, whether he wanted to be or not. One night when he was young, he awoke to the sounds of gunshots outside the front door of his family home in Liberia. To keep his children safe, David’s father threw him and his sisters out of a window. Soldiers entered the home and fired bullets into their beds. Alphonso David survived the 1980 military coup in Liberia. His uncle, Liberian President William Tolbert, had not. David’s father was imprisoned, and his family placed under house arrest. Once they were released, they applied for political asylum in the United States and eventually moved to Baltimore. David soon learned what it was like to be different in America: An immigrant, an...
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A Conversation With Human Rights Campaign's New President