Robert Beckerle, my father, is my hero. During the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, he was thrown out of a restaurant for going in with an Indian friend of his to eat. They were refused service and told to leave. They refused to leave, and had to be physically "escorted" out. My father eventually went to law school (at the encouragement of the late Millard Fullard, founder of Habitat for Humanity). Over the 49 years that my father has practiced law, he has often forgone collecting his fees from those who could not afford to pay. Other times he would accept goods and services (such as shrimp from the shrimpers in Bayou La Batre) rather than money. He is a Baptist, and participates in programs such as the Jewish-Christian Dialogue that teach tolerance and inclusion. He always sides with the "underdog". He's my Dad, my hero.
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