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the russia hoax is finally dead. >> i think it's corrupt and evidence of collusion. >> i've been truthful and consistent since day one. >> gold medal for insensitivity. >> apple tv plus. good morning. welcome to sunday "today" on this march 31st, 2019. one week after the special counsel turned his report over to the attorney general, president trump and his team are feeling good this morning, even as the fight to release the full
report continues. congress sets up for a battle over how the report will be released to congress and to the public. all this, as the president threatens to shut down the border with mexico and cuts off aid to three central american countries. a live report, and chuck todd in just a moment. plus a no-show for jussie smollett. at the naacp image awards overnight. the "empire" actor losing out to "grey's anatomy" star in their category but that did not stop comedian chris rock from going after smollett. we'll tell you what rock had to say. sitting down at home with tracy morgan, former snl and the night five years ago that changed his life after he almost lost it. was there ever a point in your recovery where you thought i don't know if i'll ever return to comedy? >> every day. i'm scared to death.
forget comedy. i never knew if i was going to -- i didn't know if i was going to walk again, man. i didn't know if i was going to talk again. >> a sunday sit down with tracy morgan. another life well lived a bit later in the show. let's begin in washington where political fights are under way at the southern border and the public release of the mueller report. kelly o'donnell is traveling with the president near his estate in florida. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. the president is wielding his powers, trying to compel mexico to do more, to stop the flow of drugs and human beings north toward the border. the white house says he has the power to cut off foreign aid to three central american countries without congress. congress will push back on that. and this week, we will see a mix of battles over immigration and access to the mueller report. as the nation and even the vice
president wait to actually read a public version of the mueller report findings, mike pence claimed vindication on the campaign trail saturday. >> there was no collusion between the trump campaign and russia in 2016. >> reporter: side by side with lindsey graham, a staunch trump defender. >> he's not much of a colluder. he's a disrupter. >> reporter: a new power struggle, attorney general william barr told congress he needs until mid april to make the findings public but house judiciary chairman jared nadler insisted the nearly 400-page special counsel report must be handed over to congress by tuesday. that deadline still stands. but president trump has a different deadline on his mind. >> i'll just close the border. >> reporter: repeatedly claiming he could lock down the u.s./mexico border this coming week, frustrated by the flow of illegal migrants.
and he wasted no time to deliver a surprising decision, cutting foreign aid to central america. >> i've ended payments to guatemala, to honduras and to el salvador. no money goes there anymore. >> reporter: complicating that abrupt move, american lawmakers from both parties are visiting el salvador. the democrats add saying they are extremely disappointed adding the president's conduct is extremely disruptive. beto o'rourke at his kickoff event. >> they are our fellow human beings and deserve to be treated like our fellow human beings. >> reporter: and new this morning, the president is using his power as commander in chief in a new way. he is intervening in the case of a navy s.e.a.l. who has been accused of war crimes.
and he announced on twitter he is authorizing the move of eddie gallagher to the brig to more comfortable confinement during the legal process. he served eight tours and nearly 20 years in the navy as a s.e.a.l. the president said that should be considered as this process moves forward. he is accused of killing by stabbing a 15-year-old isis fighter who was in custody. gallagher's family and members of congress had urged the president to act and they have thanked him for taking this step to move him out of the brig and into more comfortable confinement as he awaits trial. willie? >> thank you, kelly. chuck todd is nbc's political director and moderator of "meet the press." and kristen welker joins us. thank you for being here. >> thank you. >> chuck, let's start with you. we got a summary from attorney
general barr about the mueller report. that's not enough for some people, nor should it be. how much do you think we will see and when should we get the full version? >> i don't know that we ever will. i have half joked that it's the end scene of "raiders of the lost arc," if you look at the full report it might burn your eyes. it might melt you. bill barr made it clear during his confirmation hearing he was going to rigorously follow the statute and probably is going to have a maximum view of discretion of his own discretion on this. so i think this is going to be a heavily redacted version. i think we will have a fight over the contents of the mueller report for months, not days or weeks. >> the attorney general says it will be mid april before we see that. meanwhile, kristen, the headline out of that report was no collusion, which confirmed everything the president has been saying for two years. does it really matter at this
point to the white house what's in the specific detail if we see the full report? >> the president has been taking a victory lap for days, willie. you get the sense that he is emboldened, his allies are emboldened and at the same time they are bracing for complicated headlines that may come out once the full report is released. his outside legal team still has that counterreport written. they're keeping it in their back pocket in case they need it. >> meanwhile they know there may be more down the road, southern district of new york and elsewhere. as for the mueller report they believe they've got their headline with no collusion. chuck, we saw beto o'rourke at a big rally in texas. >> yeah. >> let's talk more 2020. joe biden, not even an official candidate i remind everyone, but is already facing a new allegation. lucy flores, candidate for lieutenant governor came forward
saying that biden made her feel comfortable, standing behind her, kissing the back of her head. biden's spokesperson says the former vice president does not remember that incident. last night in iowa, elizabeth warren said she believes lucy flores. biden has come under fire for how he handled sexual harassment allegations against justice clarence thomas, as you know. i ask you this. putting that in context, adding that to a list of other things we know about joe biden, is there a chance he decides not to run? he looks that the and says i'm not going to go through this. i'm not putting my family through this? i'm not getting in the race. >> you hear it from democrats a lot in this town who claim that they really like the vice president. they really wish he could get through this, but worry it could be death by a thousand cuts for him. look, i said this before about joe biden. the greatest asset he has, why is he so strong in the polls? he has been in the mainstream of american politics for the last
40 years. why is that a problem for him this year? because he has been in the mainstream of american politics for 40 years. >> right. >> what was mainstream in the '70s, '80s or '90s is not in the prism. he was born before the baby boomers, is that where today's democratic party is? i think it is a look in the mirror type of question that the vice president is probably definitely having. >> does he want to campaign where he's going back, as he has already begun, for apologizing? >> relitigating, relitigating and relitigating. >> chuck, thank you very much. we'll look for much more on "meet the press" when chuck discusses the fallout from the mueller report with congressman john barasso and kristin will be back in a moment. meanwhile ncaa's basketball tournament continues today with the last two spots in the final four to be filled. late last night, an absolute
thriller. number one seed in the south, virginia playing purdue. with seconds left, jerome misses his second free throw, virginia chases down the back path, tossings it in, and the big man hits a game-tying basket to send it into overtime. virginia goes on to win despite a thrilling performance from the boilmakers. texas tech knocked off top seeded gonzaga, 75-69 to send the red raiders to their first final four. >> 50th annual naacp image awards were held in los angeles last night. much of the talk was about a nominee who was not there. kristin is back with that story. >> a big talker, willie, continues to be. "empire" actor jussie smollett has been in the headlines for weeks after he claimed he was a victim of a racist, homophobic
attack. chicago police saying he made it up, this week dropping the charges. the question, would he show up for that award nomination? the answer was no. nowhere to be seen, jussie smollett, "the empire" actor laying low after failing to win an award for best supporting actor in a television drama. that prize handed out in an untelevised portion of the show the night before. but smollett wasn't far from everyone's minds at last night's ceremo ceremony. comic chris rock laying into him on stage. >> they said no jussie smollett jokes. i know! i know. what a waste of light skin. you know? you know what i could do with that light skin? that curly hair? my career would be out of here! >> reporter: smollett did have some support on stage, "black-ish" star. >> i stand with jussie.
>> reporter: coming a day after cook county prosecutor kim foxx defended her office's decision to drop all charges, filing a false police report. foxx writing in an op-ed chicago tribune the case may not have been strong enough for a variety of reasons, including public statements made about the evidence in this case, my office believed the likelihood of securing a conviction was not certain. foxx is already drawing criticism from the national district attorney's association saying her office needed to be more transparent and smollett's case will now, quote, be forever hidden from public view. we'll continue to keep our eye on this one. >> and police are temperatures right now in san hoe sabres 48 degrees. another clear start to the
morning. not expecting much cloud cover especially through early afternoon. daytime highs will be warming up into the mid and upper 70s today. today will be our warmest day of the week so far. san jose, 75. milpitas 78. out through oakland, 71 degrees. concord, 75. walnut creek, 74. peninsula, upper 60s, low 70s. straight ahead, the highs and lows of the week, including pope francis, yanking his hand away from the thankful again and again as they try to kiss his ring. we'll let his holiness explain. plus the backstory that had america cringing as a local news team tried to get down with the kids. later, the astounding library that's taken on the modest task of cataloging everything ever published on the internet. >> how do we preserve our history, our knowledge, our information in a digital world?
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spread of germs from the many people in line and in small groups he always allows people to kiss his ring. a group of nuns and priests kissed the pope's ring in peter's square later this week. we are proud to induct pope francis into a jgerm hall of fae along with mitt romney, blowing out his candles one by one so as not to spread germs. >> i think he wins the germ award. he was faster than mitt romney. >> much faster. at his age, he could really move. >> impressive. the otherwise great city of st. louis where a heinous culinary crime was committed. twitter user alex croughton posted this message, i introduce my st. louis secret of ordering
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>> of course. next high is a tribute for you parents who will try to get your baby to sleep. maybe you're trying right now. the proud father of a 3-week-old baby girl named kerrigan. cody's wife asked him to put kerrigan down for a nap, he did it the best way he knew how with, a lullaby on top of his guitar. ♪ twinkle twinkle little star >> come on. that is the merle haggard classic "twinkle twinkle." >> the baby is clutching the guitar. >> how great is that? >> it's great. i don't have any guitars but everyone is going to want to run out and get one now. >> i need to learn to play the guitar. >> exactly.
well-intentioned effort by a local news team in toledo, ohio, that gets the credit of the cringiest video so far. to encourage local students as they went in for state testing. tongue in cheek attempt to use teenager slang to connect with the kids went horribly awry. out of respect for you, your family and anyone watching with a heart condition we'll show you just a portion of that video. >> good morning, tps students. it's testing week and it's time to slay all day. >> stay woke beyond fleet and get that. >> say bye, felicia. weather is going to be turned, right? >> toledo weather going to be lit during testing week. a hundo p. are we looking okkurr? >> better than okurr. no problems around tps schools to keep you from takes those
tests. >> i could watch that all morning. a good long laugh. wtol said it knew the adults being dorky while trying to talk teenager approach would get their attention but it got the country's as well. teachers telling the news team their kids were cracking up, laughing at the video and loved it. and that, my fellow youngsters is lit. >> good delivery, willie. very good. i have to say the video made me feel so old. i'm like, i don't understand any of these words. i don't know what they're doing. it is cringe worthy. their hearts were in the right place. >> very entertaining and all for a good cause. coming up next, sunday sitdown with the hilarious tracy morgan as he welcomes us into his big, beautiful home for a tour of his shark tanks, godfather inspired i'm working to keep the fire going
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good sunday morning to you. it is 6:26. oh, wow, a beautiful live look outside over san jose with a golden glow in the background as the sun is about to rise over the bay area. i'm kira klapper. vianey has a look at your climate forecast. it was a beauty. >> yesterday so many people were out and about. today will be warmer. in some spots by 7, 8 degrees. 42 in dublin. clear conditions. wind speeds are calm. take a look at your microclimate highs for today. yes, we're talking mid to upper 70s once again in san jose.
high of 75. morgan hill, 76. in through the tri-valley, concord, 74. san francisco topping out in the upper 60s. dry and warm weather through day. and we'll stay dry through tomorrow. as we look toward monday night, into tuesday, we have the arrival of a storm making its way in that will bring a return of rain to the bay area. and additional storm later in the week. today we're talking 70s. i'll break down the timeline the next seven days at 7:00 a.m. just enjoy the sunshine again. . a new idea to stop gun violence in the south bay. the county plans to roll out a 24/7 gun surrender program. he made the announcement yesterday at a rally against gun violence in san jose. he said people who own guns off don't know how to get rid of them proper. he said having 24-hour
availability to turn in weapons could make a big difference. >> people don't know the rules. they're scared to travel. they don't know if they can put it in the car. >> he adds it could help prevent suicides. the announcement comes one day after a judge band high capacity magazines. a desperate plea from a family who accidentally shot himself. the boy's father is in prison but is asking the governor to visit his son at the hospital. police say he accidentally shot himself in the head wednesday after finding a loaded gun. he remains on life support with no brain activity. his great aunt tells us he has granted the father the opportunity to skype with his son. they say that's not enough. they have made another plea to the governor. >> i am asking as a father, as a man, as a human that you grant him this exception and allow him
to be transported to the hospital where he can sit by his son's bedside. >> we have not yet confirmed with the governor's office for that offer to skype. no word yet on the governor's response. it is 6:29. coming up on today in the bay. hollywood stars and fighter jets. what brought chris pratt here to the bay area. we'll have that, plus all your top stories and weather at 7:00. we hope you join us. back to sunday today with willie geist and this look at the bay bridge.
in conclusion, it is my hope that this report will be made public, with a few redactions. >> hello, redactions. >> we're going to blackout everything except the words "no" and "collusion." >>. >> sandra oh hosted the show with musical guest tame impala. tracy morgan spent several seasons across the street as one of snl's favorite cast members and he rose to the height of comedy at 30 rock from the
depths of poverty in brooklyn and the bronx. tracy has had to rise again. he very nearly died in a highway traffic accident where the van he was riding in was crushed by a tractor trailer. after a long, grueling recovery, tracey making us laugh again, starring with tiffany haddish and cedric the entertainer, in "the last o.g.," a comedy that has its roots in tracy's real-life story and as you'll see he lives like an o.g. at his home where he invited us for a sitdown. >> welcome to the wonderful world of tracy morgan. >> i'm happy to be in it for a minute. to walk through the front door of tracy morgan's palatial home is to step into a universe all its own. >> you've got to be creative. fellows, be creative. role play. >> this is a hell of a role
play. >> got to role play. i'm jacques cousteau on a boat. >> this room is very special to me. you see the colors and shades? guess what it's based on. v vito corleone's office. guess what his first words are, i believe in america. i got a sign over my door and then a mortician to come in once a week just to kiss my hand and go, can i be your friend, godfather? >> the loud, loving and completely unfiltered 50-year-old still has the spirit of the kid who got laughs growing up in new york city in the 1980s. morgan's earliest comedy gigs were in front of the notoriously brutal crowds at the world famous apollo theater in harlem. it was there where he was spotted by martin lawrence. >> i got food stamps.
i got incense. >> "saturday night live" notes and loren michaels called morgan in for an audition. >> i was scared to death but young tracy morgan didn't have anything to lose. it would change me and my kids' life, me and my kids' world. loren michaels is like my father. i think my father has gotten him to take care of my boy. >> he became an audience favorite with characters like brian fellow. >> i'm brian fellow. >> that bird is a liar. >> and astronaut jones. he also struck up a friendship with the show's head writer, tina fey. >> what has she meant to you? >> oh, you're trying to choke me up now. tina fey is my sister. i was on "saturday night live,"
when i came, she recognized my funny. that's when you start seeing judge judy and all those things. we were probably brother and sister in the last life. we're just picking up in this life. >> after seven seasons, he left snl to headline his own show. tracy morgan show ran for just one season but morgan soon would be reunited with his past life sister, tina fey. >> you know what? race card. >> don't accept it. >> on her comedy "30 rock," fey created the role. >> i think your spending has gotten out of control. >> give me an example. >> reporter: it was a nod to the fact that it's impossible to know where real-life tracy ends and where his characters begin. >> do you know who i am? seriously, please, tell me who i am. >> that's the case again on the tbs series "the last o.g." where tracy plays trey barker, former drug dealer who returns home to
a newly gentrified brooklyn after serving 15 years in prison. >> what happened to brooklyn? >> reporter: morgan drew from his own life to create "the last o.g." >> where do we pick it up season two? >> it's deep. it's emotional. the comedy is there. that's going to be there when you have the talent we have, me, tiffany, cedric. we have the talent. the story line is ripped from my life. you're going to meet my mother. my mother kicked me out of the house when i was 17 because she found my crack spot, my crack stash. you'll see all of that. >> when you read anything about your show, it's this is tracy's life. anything you want to say about your experience? >> the story has to be told. you can't write it. that really happened. i became tracy morgan and started leaving my wife behind, my first wife. >> morgan has three sons from his first marriage and a 5-year-old daughter with his wife, megan, who he married in 2015. five years ago, morgan almost
lost everything. >> the last o.g. comes from my friend who died in the accident, because he was the o.g. to me. >> the accident happened in the early morning hours of june 7th, 2014. morgan was a passenger, traveling home from a comedy show when his vehicle was hit by a walmart tractor trailer in a deadly multi-vehicle crash. his best friend, james "jimmy mac" mcnair, was killed. morgan was left in a coma for eight days. walmart later took responsibility for the crash and settled with morgan. >> what do we say in "the last o.g.," second chances are a beautiful thing, man. i got hit by a truck. i wasn't supposed to walk away from that. that truck was doing 75 miles per hour. >> was there ever a point in your recovery where you said i don't know if i'll ever return to comedy? i don't know if my brain -- >> every day. i'm scared to death. forget comedy.
i never knew if i was ever going to -- it's bigger than comedy, man. i never knew if i was going to walk again, man, i never knew if i was going to talk again. just living my life one day at a time. that's all i'm doing. >> tracy morgan has a habit of beating the odds. he grew up on welfare to parents in brooklyn and the bronx, spending his teen years caring for a sick father. >> you grew up in the middle of the '8 0s epidemic, crack epidemic. >> my dad died of aids. >> i know. you had a lot of tragedy in your life. >> my brother was born with cerebral palsy. my mom and dad broke up when i was 6. he didn't go to vietnam a junkie. he came back that way. >> so it's to compensate for what's happening in why your life every day? >> the tragedy. god didn't bless me with material. he blessed me with a sense of humor. if i can't laugh at it, i'm going to cry. i'm done crying.
i faced death. when i wake up and i go to the show and do shows, i go hard. i come home and go harder as a dad and a husband. i love my wife. i was on the couch for over a year, year and a half, and she never went nowhere. she was right there with me. make something happen today. forget about tomorrow or yesterday. it's over. ain't nothing you can do about it, but the future, we can change. >> our thanks to tracy for opening his home to us i highly recommend a day at his place. you may have noticed the trophy case, an emmy, oscar, even a heisman trophy, none of which tracy has won yet. when i asked about them he explained simply "money talks." "the last o.g." airs tuesday night on tbs. to hear how he treats his on-screen sister, tiffany
haddish, like a real sister, check out our podcast. apple podcast or wherever you get yours. next week a sunday sitdown with danny devito, talking about a long career from his breakthrough in taxi to his latest starring role in the highly anticipated remake of the disney classic "dumbo" and why working approximate in his sister's beauty salon launched his acting career. we are wake up to clear skies and temperatures in the 40s. san jose, 48 degrees. by 10:00 a.m., we'll be in the upper 50s. upper 60s by 1:00. take a look at your microclimate highs. warm temperatures. napa, 73. san jose, 75 degrees. we will keep the warm, dry temperatures into the start of the workweek into monday.
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is filled with treasures from the past but it might also hold a key to the future. so this sound has been digitized? >> yes. and a lot of the music that we've been digitizing just hasn't been on the internet ever. >> reporter: the place is home to a nonprofit called the internet archive. they want to be a digital library for everything, and i mean everything. >> can we make it so that all the published works of human kind can be accessible to anybody? >> reporter: it sounds impossible but it has happened before back in the third century. >> the library of alexandria was amazing in that it was the collection of what the greeks, the romans, the hebrews all had to say and it was in one place. >> reporter: the team wants to resurrect the library in 21st century style. you built this beast. >> yes. >> reporter: why? >> the question is, what can you do with your technology that would be good? well, why don't we go and build the library that's been promised
all these years? >> reporter: but that's a pretty massive undertaking. how big is the internet archive? your phone is in 64 and 40 petabytes is the internet archive. >> every time something blivg b they're uploading or downloading. >> over a million people a day use the internet archive and you can see their activity. >> reporter: feels like everything that's ever been is there. that's not really the case. >> this is a diary of a russian general. >> reporter: if you didn't digitize it, how long would that last? >> it would get lost in time. >> reporter: it's an interesting challenge. how do we preserve our history, our knowledge, our information in a digital world? >> first step, put it all online, just all of it.
>> reporter: most information today does go directly online. but the average life of a web page is only 100 days. >> i think there's this idea once it's on the internet it's there forever. that's not really true. >> not at all. >> reporter: mark graham is the director of the way back machine, the internet archives, well, archive of the internet. >> a study done at harvard, for example, that looked at links we used in supreme court opinions and found after a few years, 49% of the links no longer resolved to the content. >> reporter: for the opinions of the highest court in the land. >> correct. >> reporter: is the way back machine fixing that? >> working on it. >> reporter: a tool for accountability. >> we got this phone call from someone at google who asked if we had seen what donald trump had just tweeted. >> reporter: the president had tweeted a video, alleging google didn't promote last year's state of the union. >> so google asked if we had a
copy of the front page. >> reporter: they don't have a record of that? >> that's not their job necessarily. >> reporter: it is a job for the way back machine. >> we can show it was, in fact, being promoted. >> reporter: a modern day resource that will have modern day consequences. >> people will get a pass for some things but i think they'll be held accountable for other aspects of their digital lives. >> reporter: for you those trade-offs are worth it? >> we're all adjusting to a digital world. >> reporter: for "sunday today," dasha burns. >> dasha, thank you. you'll be able to watch reporting from dasha burns and nbc news now on your favorite streaming advice. coming up on "sunday today," the code girls, unsung heroes of world war ii, who worked in the shadow to uncover the secret plans of the germans and the japanese. >> why did you hold on to that promise of secrecy?
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the heroic american men who fought in world war ii have been celebrated rightfully since they stormed the beaches of france and flew the skies over the pacific some 75 years ago. the story of the war's heroic women, though, has not been fully told. and there's a reason for that. the code girls, whose smarts helped to thwart german and japanese efforts, were told not to speak about their work. and they have not, until now. in our sunday closer, rehema ellis sits down with the unsung heroes of the operation to save the world. >> reporter: trusted keepers of the nation's secret work enter the library of congress. women in their 90s and others, remembered by family members. hidden from history, but now the first national celebration for the female code breakers of
world war ii. >> i think of the code girls as the hidden figures of the greatest generation. >> reporter: we were a nation at war. >> we were. >> reporter: so secrets were vitally important. >> absolutely. >> reporter: did you feel compelled to join this effort? >> well, i wanted to do something to end the war, because so much of my -- so many of my family members were involved in it. >> reporter: >> i felt very, very privileged to have this opportunity. >> reporter: the deadly attack on pearl harbor caught the nation offguard, the u.s. government launched an aggressive search at the top colleges looking for highly educated women at math and language skills who could be trained to break japanese and german military codes. >> they would be asked two questions. do you like crossword puzzles and are you engaged to be married? >> reporter: over 11,000 women made their way to washington, d.c. describe the work that you did. >> there were numbers and
letters and you slid and tried to get a match between different sections of it. >> and sworn to secrecy, too. >> uh-huh. >> so i never told anybody. my folks never knew what i did. >> reporter: why did you hold on to that promise of secrecy? >> loose lips sink ships. >> reporter: for some code breakers, even as memories fade, the promise of secrecy is still honored. >> i don't talk about it. >> reporter: it's okay. you did a good job. >> thank you. >> she took a mission on that was for a greater good. at 98 years old, there's not a lot of time left to recognize the effort that people like my mom put in. that's a good salute, mom. it's a real honor to see her honored. >> reporter: the female code breakers' story was brought to the forefront after her research into newly declassified
documents at the national archives. >> the female code breakers were certainly one of the reasons that we won the war. >> reporter: of many successes, they cracked a crucial japanese code, which gave the u.s. an acute advantage in the battle. what does it mean to you, to be celebrated? >> i'm sorry that there are so few of us still left. >> yeah. >> i feel privileged and wonder, did i really deserve this? it's overwhelming, really. >> reporter: american treasures, to honor and remember. for "sunday today," rehema ellis, washington. >> rehema, thank you. and a thank you, nearly 80 years belated, to the code girls. we highlight another life well lived. dr. anita silver spent her life fighting for the lives of the disabled because she knew what it was like to live without them. for half a century, dr. silvers
taught philosophy at san francisco state university, but she is known best as an advocate for people with disabilities. she was born in brooklyn in 1940 and contracted polio at girl scout camp when she was 9 years old, leaving her with partial quadriplegia. when she began teaching at san francisco state in the 1960s, she was assigned a classroom on the second floor. she would arrive early in the morning so students and colleagues would not see her pulling herself up the stairs. from that daily indignity, and many others like it, dr. silvers led the fight to make buildings accessible to people like her. she pushed to ensure the 1990 americans with disabilities act was implement ed as a civil rigt and not as a special privilege. a fellow professor remembered dr. silvers as a force of nature, who never missed a chance to remind the owner of a building, a shop or restaurant of its obligation.
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