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we lived in different parts of Harlem.
In your introduction to your book DARK GHETTO, you made some
reference to the fact that your mother also moved to keep ahead of
what you described, I think, as the “creeping blight.”
She was always very sensitive to this. And very protective of
my sister and me. I mean, she was always concerned about our company,
you know, who our friends were, and --
This was of either sex?
Oh yes. She always wanted that they were people who could come
come to our home, and -- my mother had the behavior, the pattern of
the extended family concept of friendship, particularly for her children
and herself. You know, we could not have outside friends whom she did
not know and approve of. And interestingly enough, she had a way of
enforcing this without causing any resentment on our part, which to me
is quite a skill. And I guess the church was a sort of a core of
our family friends and what not. She was a pretty ardent member of
Which church was this?
This was St. Luke's, Protestant Episcopal Church, at 136th St.
and Edgecomb Ave., small church. She was a founding member of that
church, because the church that we first went to, when my sister and I
were very young, was St. Philip's Church at 133rd St. and Seventh Ave.,
and they had some conflict on ethnic grounds. Not racial, interestingly
enough, but American blacks versus West Indian blacks, and the West
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