Interview with Phyllis Ellison

Now inside the bus, tell me what you and the other students were doing and tell me how you reacted when you saw and heard what you did.


Initially, when we first, when we were on the bus initially, we reacted, we used to sing as we were going, ah, to South Boston High School, we would sing "We Shall Overcome" and then duck so that the glass from someone throwing a rock wouldn't shatter into our eyes. We would sing and then duck down, "We Shall Overcome". And the police a lot of the times had the crowd maintained and they would catch the person that threw the rock or at least attempt to.