A ROOM CAN be an interesting place.

It can be a place for a person to express himself or herself, or it can be a place for governments to conduct their business.

A room can be a place where life begins, and a room can be a place where it ends.

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History has always fascinated me.

I’ve been interested in the Civil War since my family took a vacation to Gettysburg.

I thought I might write down my thoughts on the Confederate battle flag and statues, but I’ve decided to leave them for another day.

Instead, I’d like to go even farther into the past.

Here’s a quick story about how yesterday might influence today and tomorrow.

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A podcast episode I heard tonight took me back to the Lincoln Memorial steps.

When I stood on them last year I’d known giants of the Civil Rights Movement had also stood there.

Tonight, thanks to a bonus episode of The Washington Post’s “Presidential” podcast, which has episodes about United States president’s lives and leadership, I heard an earlier civil rights giant’s story in a new way.

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Today, I thought about one of the best opportunities I had as a journalist.

Every June 6 since 2011, my mind has drifted to the day I knocked on a door and what I heard from the man who answered.

I couldn’t find the full original story I wrote so some of the details may be a little off, but what follows is the short version from my memory.

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