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January 22, 2009

Forging A New Path

As Barack Obama made history on Tuesday, other African-American pioneers remembered the challenges they faced getting to the top.

Arnold Donald grew up in segregated New Orleans in the 1960s. When young Arnold ventured out to buy an ice cream cone in a white neighborhood, he was confronted with a policeman's rifle. While equal rights legislation eventually dismantled much of the institutionalized racism Arnold faced, he fought more subtle forms of discrimination as he rose through the ranks of business. But Arnold also felt he was a part of a generation that could achieve its dreams.

Arnold talks with Dick Gordon about the doors that opened for him in the wake of the civil rights movement and the new doors opening up now.

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