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But Hilton wanted to, and I kept postponing it, until I got
word that he had died.
Well, Hilton was pretty angry with me, when I told him that
his grandfather had died.
I really don't think I feel guilty about it. And my mother
never pressured me, on this. The only pressure I've had, oddly enough,
was from my wife and my son, that I should have, about 10, 12, 15 years
ago, taken the trip to Panama, and made peace with my father.
But I didn't. And I didn't. That's that.
I suppose you may have felt that, had you tried that, you would
have been rebuffed in the effort?
No, I don't think so, because the signs were coming, not only
from my mother, but from friends who visited Panama, and who would come
back and tell me how proud my father was of me. No, I don't think he
would have rebuffed me. In fact, I would have been shocked and surprised
if he had. I was the one who resisted. And he was too proud to make
the overture, you know, direct.
That tells you something about me, I guess. It's a part of
me that is as much a part of me, I guess, as my height or my color
or anything else. It's a curious sort of rigidity.
Now, when you came to the United States, Dr. Clark, you say
there were only a handful of black children in the school when you
Right. Three or four.
Can you recall when you became aware of the color problem and the
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