"She said, 'You know, there was a time we couldn't wear no fingernail polish...'"

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"He said, 'Man, that's how we start friends on this block.'"

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"In prison I started painting and drawing..."

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"We really had some adventures..."

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"Let's talk about Miss Devine."

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"I can't even begin to tell you the misery of rain."

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"You wouldn't give me the time of day..."

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"When I was in high school I was afraid of you..."

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"My brother came home wearing an afro."

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"She absolutely knocked me out..."

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"We went down there in a Pullman..."

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"Recess came and the boys had a football..."

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"I can still hear him hollering and coaching..."

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"I got to find a job I can do for thirty years in this place."

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"He saw me and he said, 'You're going to be my wife.'"

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"When all the parents leave, it goes crazy..."

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"I got bussed to a high school in my sophomore year..."

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"I said, 'Is this going to actually be me?'"

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"I really miss so much about New Orleans..."

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"None of us looked like our mom; but everybody knew we belonged to her husband."

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"My husband was the physical training officer for the fliers..."

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"He saw this country boy, took me over to the sideā€”he didn't want to embarrass me."

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"He was my best friend in the whole wide world..."

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"She made us feel like we were royalty..."

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"I came to Grady in the 1956 class."

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"Who is important in your life right now?"

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"And right then it dawned on me -- that's not family, those aren't friends."

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"My grandmother used to take my brother and myself to the south every summer..."

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"When I was nine, I weighed 250 pounds."

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"He asked me, 'How many black jelly beans are in the jar...'"

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"I put the screen down, took a seat, and the streetcar became hostile."

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"Daddy would come home tired to the bone..."

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"Is there anything you wanted to know about me?"

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"The people never stopped coming in..."

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"It was raining just as hard in the station as it was outside."

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"I'm trying to decide whether I stay in New Orleans or leave."

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"Well, I had a buddy and he used to dance up and down the docks..."

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"The jobs change; managers change; I still stay there."

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"How is it being legit?"

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"I was typing, and he kept looking at my legs."

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"When I was growing up, I didn't think I was going to live long."

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"What was the saddest moment of your life?"

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"What are the most important lessons that you've learned thus far in life? Granted, I know you're only twelve."

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"Tell me about Mom."

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"This little white boy said, 'Come, let me see your hands.'"

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"We would drive into whatever was the closest town and approach the police and ask, 'Where is the colored section?'"

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"I spend more time with Clarice than I do with my own family."

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"One of the cops said, 'Oh, you think you can do better?'"

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"Another lady heard me talking, and she came over and said, 'I know this is a God-sent man!"

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"We were really pioneers. We were the Jackie Robinson of the Air Force."

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"We used to go to the Savoy Ballroom every Saturday and stay there until Monday morning."

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"He looked up at me and said, 'Hamzah,' and then grabbed hold of me and gave me this tight hug and wouldn't let me go."

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