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Dr. Clark, before we got back where we left off, at the end
of your relationship with HARYOU_-ACT, you have just had an
experience today which I believe that you want to talk about.
Oh, not really, but I'm disturbed about it.
I want to go back to a time when I was in college,
and I guess maybe before, but I remember, when I was in college,
the radical groups, the Communists and the like, at Howard, spent
a great deal of time trying to convert or to bring some of us into
their orbit, into their wing. And I remember as vividly as today,
in fact, the experience I just had today, reminded me of that --
I always revolted. I wanted no parts of them. Not necessarily
because I -- well, for ideological reasons or political reasons, or
because I wasn't concerned about social and economic justice, but
my revolt against the attempts on the part of the Communists to
indoctrinate me, or to bring me into their group, was based upon a
very simple thing, which I suppose some people would say maybe is
a perversity of mine -- I don't like people to tell me what to think!
I don't want to give up my right to think for myself, and I
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