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Eisenhower, the keynote speaker at the televised event, made a special effort to shake Robinson's hand just after delivering his speech. November 25, 1953 Dear Mr. President: I want to take this opportunity to let you know how very much it meant to me to be able to meet you briefly at the dinner in Washington Monday night. It was a great privilege for me to appear on a program in which the President of the United States took part. It was equally great for me to experience the warmth and sincerity of your handshake in the midst of such an illustrious group of Americans.
Because of my appreciation not only of the importance of this program but also of the part you personally are playing in it, it gives me real pleasure to send you the enclosed cashier's check drawn to the order of the Harlem Branch as a contribution toward the expense of this program during the current year. A. of the City of New York, my brothers and I have not felt that we could normally contribute to branches of the "Y" within the city. Because of this you will understand, I am sure, my asking that this gift be reported as having come from an anonymous source.
Sharp Attacks, Surprising Defenses: 1967 241 12. The Politics of Black Pride: 1968 265 13. " I was conducting research on President Richard Nixon at the National Archives in Laguna Beach, California, when the archivist Paul Wormser approached my desk with that beautiful question. It was December 2005, and while the Robinson file was beyond my immediate research topic, I could not resist the delicious temptation. "I have not," I replied. " Paul quickly returned with the file, and for the next several hours I was just spellbound, completely immersed in digesting and copying a significant body of letters between Robinson and Nixon.