It was much later that I realized Dad’s secret. He gained respect by giving it. He talked and listened to the fourth-grade kids in Spring Valley who shined shoes the same way he talked and listened to a bishop or a college president. He was seriously interested in who you were and what you had to say.
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- Charlotte Perkins Gilman American Sociologist
- W. E. B. Du Bois American Civil Rights Activist
- Harriet Martineau English Sociologist
- William Graham Sumner American Polymath
- Howard Gardner American Psychologist
- Stephen Jay Gould American Paleontologist
- Toni Morrison American Novelist
- Bernice Johnson Reagon American Singer
- Harold Bloom American Literary Critic