SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, January 18th, 2009 --- On the eve of the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday DeWayne Alonso, homeless in San Franciso's Union Square, hands out materials to passers-by. With heavily bloodshot eyes and four front teeth missing he proudly speaks of his attendance at the local college and shows me his student identity card in case there's any doubt. He's very cheerful and speaks fondly of Martin Luther King Jr., optimistic that Barack Obama will be an exceptional president.
One day DeWayne hopes to attend UC Berkeley and obtain his degree.
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