Nina Simone Does NOT Shake Hands With Children

In 1980 my father took us with him to a client meeting. It wasn’t unusual for him to have brief meetings with clients on a weekend, nor was it unpleasant. We were well behaved children, in public anyhow, and clients were typically dazzled by manners and would buy us things like candies or toys. The criminal clients would send us to the corner market to buy them a pack of menthol cigarettes, and tell us to spend the change on whatever we wanted. The cigarettes would cost a dollar, and …