I do remember the first time that I had a feeling that he had noticed me in any way. There was a man who was going to speak on campus from the Freedom Democratic Party, which was the wing of the Democratic Party in the South, particularly in Mississippi, that had staged an insurrection of the ’64 Democratic Convention. Fannie Lou Hamer was a big part of that. I don’t remember this man’s name, but he had scars on his face from having been beaten and had clearly been spending time for a number of years in the mid-60s in the South in the Civil Rights movement. He was going to speak at Williams but Gaudino got him into the classroom and he spoke quite movingly about the struggle for civil rights in the south and then it came time — it was a class right before lunch and we ended the class. And Gaudino called me up and said, “Mr. Lee, will you escort whatever-his-name-was over to his lunch in Prospect Hall?” just sort of at the other end of the campus. I was somewhat dazzled. I had a 10 or 15 minute walk with this man. He was describing very vividly his experiences in the South. And I was just very, very pleased and happy to have had this experience. I confirmed, maybe two years later in a conversation with Gaudino, that the reason he had picked me was knowing that I was from Hawaii that I would not have had much exposure or experience with African-Americans. He said, “That’s sort of why I picked you.” Plus, as he said with that soft smile of his, “I assumed that by then you knew where Prospect Hall was.”

David Lee '71