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programs of arts and crafts, and other things, that I found interesting.
And one of the teachers in charge of this summer program
was a woman who was a medical student in Howard University.. She was
very attractive, and I admired her, respected her, and had a sort of
a semi-crush on her. She would tell me about Howard University.
I remember one of the things that she said that stood
in my mind was that it was headed by blacks, and I don't think the
word “black” was used at that time, but that the President was a
Negro and the Deans were --
And this seemed very strange to me, you know. Fascinating.
I'd grown up in New York, and up until junior high school, I'd only
seen one black teacher, Buford Delaney. In junior high school, I had
a number of black teachers. The Spanish teacher was black. My music
teacher, Mr. Dixon, who was not only a music teacher but he
was also director of the orchestra, and he was speech. The first
talk I ever gave, Mr. Dixon had us give three minute talks, and after
my first three minute talk, Mr. Dixon was very encouraging.
I had about three or four black teachers in junior high
school, most of whom I respected. In fact, there was only one of them
who I thought was not particularly adequate. He was too easy. I don't
even remember what he taught. But the others were good teachers,
and they were encouraging, or at least they encouraged me.
But it was clear to me that they were not in any position
of authority or power, that the principal was white, and -- I just
sort of assumed that authority positions were reserved for whites. And
that certainly was clear when I went to George Washington High School.
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