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An Adventuresome ChildGrowing Up in LansingHead of the ClassA BraggadocioA MissionaryStreet WitHarlem DemonstrationReaching a Broad AudienceDriving Around HarlemA Synthesis of Roles

Wilfred Little
An Adventuresome Child

Each of us as children, we all had our personalities and my mother respected that. She dealt with us according to what our characteristics and personality was. She was able to see us and see into us and she knew just what each one -- she had a way of cataloging us -- and she knew what each one was good for and she would work with our strengths and our weaknesses to help to us to continuously improve on ourselves. Malcolm was a person that was always adventuresome and never stayed still too long. He had a lot of mental energy and physical energy. And he was always -- even as a child -- always challenging whatever situation there was around or accepting challenges. He liked to play. When a group would start playing, Malcolm would end up being the one that was leading the group.

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