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Nov. 16, 2009

Charles F. Robinson

Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel of The Regents of the University of California -Oakland

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As late as 1968, a billboard at the entrance to Smithfield, N.C., declared the town "KLAN Country," signifying the long-time strength in that area of the Ku Klux Klan.

Half a century earlier, in 1914, Charles Robinson's maternal grandfather, Charles William Furlonge, emigrated from the West Indies and became a doctor in that town, where he treated poor families, both black and white. According to Furlonge family lore, his service to the public inspired the... (continued)

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