The privilege of meeting Sammy Davis, Jr.
I had the great privilege of meeting Sammy Davis, Jr. when I was in college, and becoming very slightly acquainted with him. Meeting Sammy Davis Jr. was a privilege, not just a kick, because Sammy was not only a superb entertainer, he was a man of principle and political involvement over the long haul. Below are some quotations of Sammy's that seem especially apropos today [source].
- Real success is not on the stage, but off the stage as a human being, and how you get along with your fellow man.
- I go to temple a lot less than I would like because when I do, people still look at me as if they think it's a publicity stunt.
- I wasn't anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it.
- May was young and beautiful, we were legally married, but she was caught in the prison of my skin.
- Would it be better if I'd married a Negro woman? Would they treat my child any better? Erect fewer barriers?
- We can't answer King's assassination with violence. That would be the worst tribute we could pay him.
- You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.