Interview with Phyllis Ellison

Now, tell me what you heard and what you saw out the bus window.


Well when we started up the hill you could hear people saying, "Niggers go home." There were signs, ah, they had made a sign saying, "Black people stay out. We don't want any niggers in our school." And there were people on the corners holding bananas like we were apes**, monkeys, monkeys get out, get them out of our neighborhood. We don't want you in our schools. So, you know at that time it did frighten me somewhat but I was more determined then to get inside South Boston High School because of the people that were outside.