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Malcolm's death left a void that has not yet been filled.
Incidentally, when we were discussing Adam Clayton Bowell,
wasn't Malcolm another black leader that did have the kind of
-- different. A different kind of appeal. More solid, I think.
Malcolm was a moral man. I've seen Malcolm cry, about the
killing of his brothers. I've talked with him about things that
the public wouldnever believe this man -- he loved children, you
know. He loved young people. I used to invite him to my classes at
City College, and he would -- all that stuff about “Whitey”
disappeared, because there'd be only one or two black youngsters
in my class, and Malcolm would --you know, he would embrace the
students psychologically. He was a very empathic man. You would
neverknow it by some of the extreme things he said. You know, he
was trying to shake people up.
I have never known Malcolm to refuse an invitation from
a young person, that he could accept, including my son inviting
him up to Kent School.
Can you recall any of the other matters that you discussed
Yes. I inter viewed him a number of times on radio and
television. In fact, I had one of my interviews published, with
Malcolm. We discussed everything, including our main difference of
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