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mary wilson

Mary Wilson, vocalist for the Supremes: "Growing up in the '60s as a little black girl 'Daring To Dream,' I today know that my mother and father who grew up under the laws of segregation would be jumping up and down, saying 'Hallelujah.' I can envision all of the black Americans who had lived under that horrible, crippling feeling of racism saying, 'Lord, I never thought I would see the day.' Unfortunately, they cannot see it, but because of all of their faith, pain and hard work, we their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can experience this historical event and say, 'We are free at last. Thank God Almighty, We are free at last.' "Perry C. Riddle / Los Angeles Times