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    The One About my Father

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    "If you don't know your history you will be doomed to repeat it"

    Me & El Padre

    While I might look like my mother there is much of my father in me. While she provided the facial features and the ability to turn a phrase, he provided a sense of humor, a love for bourbon and an intensity that can be used for good or bad. From him I received a bit of a temper but a good golf game. From him I learned to stand up for myself and a passion for football.

     

    When I was approached to tell a story about my family’s history my father was the first person I thought of. A man who currently lives in a tiny town in Upstate NY by way of Birmingham, Alabama. I’ve always found him fascinating because he finds nothing in his life to be spectacular so I have spent years trying to pry bits and pieces from him. Whereas I will tell the story, he’ll keep it to himself waiting for the right moment to share.


    As part of the Untold Stories project with the Kinsey Collection I pried and pulled and got him to tell some of his story. In the video you’ll see why he only recently has become determined to share his life story. But behind the scenes, on his living room couch, he tells me that I should write more. I ask if I can write about him. He shrugs and agrees. So, hopefully, this is simply the beginning.

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    Reader Comments (3)

    WOW. I'm glad your dad has shared these stories with you, and that you're sharing them with us now. I can't imagine how proud it must make you feel to know your dad did something so brave at a time when it mattered so much.

    (Also, totally unrelated, you look very pretty in this video.)

    August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Britt

    Why thank you, my dear.

    August 23, 2013 | Registered CommenterHeather Barmore

    Nice job. Hard to realize that it wasn't very long ago at all that police thought it was okay to turn hoses and dogs on a group of people just for gathering while black. Jeesh.

    August 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmi

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