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to my (recollection), unless I repressed it.
Even my major professor, Dr. Sumner, who was a very solid,
balanced, thoughtful man, -- I don't remember his ever being critical
of any editorial or column or what not that I wrote.
Do you remember the genesis of this picketing that you did
at the Capitol?
I certainly do. A fellow by the name of Fred Weaver, who
is in public relations here in New York now, and who, by the way,
was from Missouri, and a good friend of Harry Truman's, when Truman
was a Senator -- I think Truman was a Senator. Well, anyway, Fred
Weater was the most overtly political of the students. He would go
down and talk to his Congressman and his Senator. And it was because
of his involvement with the members of Congress from his home state
that we knew about the fact that no black could eatin the restaurant.
He came to the office-- the newspaper was called HILLTOP,
the HILLTOP office -- and told us that. He said, “You know, we ought
to do something about it.”
I said, “OK. What are we supposed to do?”
I think it was a Saturday morning. About four or five of
us, sitting around in the office, decided, OK, we'll go down and
picket. I think we decided that we would select some reliable and
dependable people to go picket with us, and we wound up with about 20.
But it was Fred who brought this thing to our attention, and he
was a party to it. Whenever we meet now, I accuse him of getting me
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