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arrested, and he accuses me of getting him arrested. And we always
laugh about the present crop of black students, who think that they
invented protest, you know.
I wish I had a reprint or clipping of those articles. I
think I'd blow them up for my son.
Had you ever been South before you went to Howard University?
I'd never been below the Mason-Dixon Line before I went to
college. The South was an unknown foreign land to me.
Were you aware, before you went to Howard, though, of the
problems pecular to the South, compared to those in the North?
Verbally. You know, I was aware in terms of Uncle Tom's Cabin
you know, the Northerner's view of Southern prejudice and segregation.
I wasn't aware in my bones, in my guts. I was just
aware up here. I didn't become aware of the meaning of discrimination
and segregation until I went to Washington.
I remember very vividly the incident that made it part of
every cell in my body, in my guts. In this house that I lived in,
my freshman year, there was another fellow who was not a medical
student. He got killed in an airplane crash, by the way. He told
me about the fact that we could get a job in the Postoffice, during
the Christmas rush, and obviously I was interested. I told my
mother that I was going to do this. She said, “OK. Don't let it
interfere with school.”
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