That’s a lesson she learned sitting across from members of the KKK in her office at the York City Human Relations Committee.
They were there to claim they were being discriminated against.
Fear bubbled up inside her when she was told they were waiting in her office.
She took a deep breath.
“The Klan may be a problem,” she told herself. “But I’m here to solve things.”
As she sat down and began talking with them, she realized not only was she not really afraid, but she almost felt sad for them.
In the end, they were found not to be victims of discrimination.
Staring down members of the KKK empowered Marakay. Today, she continues to fight for civil rights, volunteering her skills as a lawyer to help fight for gay rights and in custody law.
She tries to pass on the values her mother taught her to the young people in her life.
“Why are we here if we can’t use what we’ve got to help other people?”