It was in that political science elective where I met two African American women who changed my life forever. They tested my assertions, challenged my opinions and exposed me to new environments and cultural ideologies. We spent evenings traveling around parts of East and West Baltimore that I had never been to. We watched films and documentaries that were never on my radar. They educated me on their upbringings, their community's challenges and successes. We spoke deeply and meaningfully, engaging in dialogue that would last into the wee hours of the night. I was introduced to Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, Charles Hamilton Houston and Nat Turner. And they were curious about my lifestyle and what emboldened me. I introduced them to Anne Frank, Theodor Herzl, Moses Mendelssohn, and Simcha Bunim of Peshischa. I was enriched by their vibrancy for life and the color they had added to the tapestry of my own existence. That summer helped shape who I am today and who I am to become.