1960s Roosevelt

Growing up in the 1960s in Roosevelt, Long Island, my town went from almost all-white to almost all-black in a three year period.My family was very active in civil rights, fighting illegal blockbusting which was accelerating white flight, and leading the Roosevelt Community Relations Council. At the same time, I was experiencing the very injustices and discrimination we were standing against and learned what it feels like to be excluded, the outsider, and persecuted as I was beat up every day in the boys’ room at school for my lunch money. I was the THEM based not only on race, but also for being small, a good student and lack of athletic ability.