Best friend seventh grade was black.

John Fisher-Smith
Ashland, OR

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I immigrated from UK in 1939 when I was 12 1/2 years old and entered 7th grade in Huntington Long Island. I was afraid walking miles to school. I was teased a lot and bullied for being different. Sammy, the only black boy in town, was my true friend in the class. I felt safe with him; I was drawn to his warm loving nature, his decency and gentle sense of humor.

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