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February 10, 1989 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-02-10

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ing the four faces of shame.
Lester's wife bought it for
him in Africa.
And atop his head is a red
and black kippah. The kip-
pah, and his presence at shul,
results in the inevitable.
"Oh!" one woman cried when
she met Lester in New York.
"You're just like Sammy
Davis, Jr."
"Really?" he told her.
"Why? What's he like?"
This question wasn't asked
after Lester's talk this week
at Oakland University, but he
faced a barrage of "What
should Jews do about black
inner city problems in
Detroit?" ("Help get decent,
affordable housing for
blacks," he responded) and
"Why do you write about
something so personal as his
conversion in Lovesong?"
It's obvious he's heard this
one before.
"People keep asking me
why I write about such per-
sonal things," he says. "I don't
think it's personal. When I'm
telling my story, I'm telling
your story, too . . . We all want
to stand before God and say
henai'ni — here I am."
After the lecture Lester is
surrounded by admirers. A
little girl asks for the author's
autograph on his book The
Further Adventures of Brer
Rabbit, then runs around the
room announcing, "Look! I
got his autograph!" A large
black man in a grey suit waits
a long time for Lester's
autograph on his copy of
Lovesong.
As the crowd dwindles down
a young boy approaches
Lester. He shakes his hand
then, visibly trembling, tells
him: "I'm a born Jew, and I'm
just learning what it means
to be a Jew. What you said to-
day meant a lot to me. Thank
you." 11]

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