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They Still Call Me Nigger! By Harold Bell

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A BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROSPECTIVEPhoto credit - THE TRAILBLAZERS: ATHLETE/ACTOR PAUL ROBERSON AND COACH CLARENCE ‘BIGHOUSE’ GAINES
My first home was a one room shack with an outhouse on Douglas Street in NE DC.  One cold morning my mother Mattie a single parent thinking I was asleep quietly slipped out of the shack to go to the corner store for bread and milk, I was 3 years old.  My German Shepherd dog Billy was sleeping nearby with a kerosene lamp burning to keep us warm.  My mother returned to find the shack on fire and me sitting in the yard crying with my dog Billy standing over me. Fire trucks were all over the street.
The shack burned to the ground and the only thing left standing was the outhouse.  My mother tried to thank the firemen for rescuing me from the burning shack but they explained to her they found me sitting in the yard with my dog.  To this day I have no clue how I escaped from that shack on fire-Billy never said a word–the rest is American history,
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*In 1967 I encouraged Willie Wood (NFL) and Dave Bing (NBA) to join me in the DC community to enhance the growth of inner-city youth, Judges, politicians, law-enforcement, print, radio and television personalities, NBA-NFL-MLB & NHL franchises all followed my lead.  They all now CARE!
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