Johnny M. Hunter, DD

As a young child growing up on a farm in Goshen Hill, South Carolina, it did not take long for me to realize that colored people were not welcomed in the nearby town after sunset. On many occasions, one of my uncles would be stopped, beaten and jailed if they happened to drive through the town at night. I remember the separate water fountains for whites and coloreds. My generation was not far from the days of slavery. This could occur in America because some people with pigment in their skin were not legally protected persons although they were human beings. Justice demands that each human being be given the full protection of undue harm through out their lives. From the moment of conception, our natural hair color, eye color, skin color, height and sex are determined for the rest of our lives. At that moment a human is not a bird, fish, reptile or any other animal; each is a human being and should be afforded the right to develop in each stage of our growth. We live in a time where there is a barbarous act of ripping children untimely out their mother's womb. An aborted human, loses all civil rights. To end this unjust harm to fellow human beings on the west coast, I urge compassionate human beings to support the California Equal Rights Amendment..

 — Johnny Lee Hunter, DD, National Director, Life Education And Resource Network, Inc. (L.E.A.R.N.)