JHS 67 Autographs

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  • Little Neck, NY
  • June 1965

Selected pages from Umi’s junior high school autograph book.

Notes: The note from classmate, Tom Wallich, paired with the metatext on Sharan’s autograph – black crayon writing that reads, "Better change your ideas about Negroes" - show the white racism experienced by Black students in northern, not southern, public schools of the period. The final note is a sign of the times.

author: Stevenson, Dickens, Wright
book: Black Boy, Call of the Wild,
sport: Baseball, Basketball, Swimming
hero: Nathan, Sam (in school)
chum: Adrien, Carol
high school: Clinton, Boys, Tech, Wilson, Evander, Erasmus
college: Queens, Adelphi, N.Y.U.
profession: Language Interpreter (U.N.)
motto: Give me liberty or give me death