Interview with Phyllis Ellison

Again, giving me the good and the bad side of it, if you had it to do over again, would you?


If I had it to do all over again for the civil rights part of it, I would do it over because I felt like my rights were being violated by the White people of South Boston telling me that I could not go to South Boston High School. As far as my education, I think I could have gotten a better education if I didn't spend so much time out of school with the fighting and the violence and being dismissed from school all- at least once or twice a week. We were al- allowed to go home early because there was just so much tension inside of the school that if we didn't someone may be killed or, or really seriously injured. And I think that I could have gotten a better education if I'd spent more time in school than out of school at that time.