Scott Simon of NPR told a lovely story about Frank Sinatra.


It happened in Gary, Indiana, in 1945. The high school was opening up to admit black students, and the white students were planning a walkout.


Heart-throb Frank Sinatra was invited to the high school. He gave the kids a talking-to. He told them the names he was called when he was a kid growing up in Hoboken.


And he sang “The House I Live In,” which is about prejudice.


Here are the lyrics of one stanza:


“The house I live in, a plot of earth, a street
The grocer and the butcher, and the people that I meet
The children in the playground, the faces that I see
All races and religions, that’s America to me”
– Words by Lewis Allan, Music by Earl Robinson


My source: reader Karen Wolfe directed me to 4LAKids, written by parent Scott Folsom. Scroll down to find the story and the lyrics.