Interview with Darrell Evers
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

OK, TELL ME ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE, GOING IN AND SEEING YOUR FATHER AT THAT TIME.

Darrell Evers:

Well, going down to the downtown branch of the NAACP, I encountered a group of people inside the building. They had sugar, ketchup, syrup, you know, whatever you know, you can think of that would be in a cafeteria all on the top of their heads, their shoulders, their whole body. And as a young kid, I, I couldn't understand, you know, why, why do these people have all this on there? My father took me aside and he said, basically, "Darrell, I want to tell you that these people are standing for their rights. They want to be served where it's only white people are allowed to eat, and they would like to have the respect, you know, of any other human being, you know, that they could be served there. And people did not, you know, want to serve them, so they poured ketchup on them and sugar." And it was, it was a little confusing for me at that time because I couldn't understand why someone would submit themself to that sort of treatment, and why someone would not want to fight back. But that was one of my father's main goals and objectives—was a nonviolent action that that had more power than anything else. And he tried to explain that to me the best way possible and the only way that I could really have a practical experience of that, a recollection of that, was when I went to the zoo in Mississippi, and they had the black drinking fountains and the white drinking fountains, and the black restrooms and the white restrooms. For the life of me, I couldn't understand why there was one for black people and one for white people. I said, "I want to go to the one that's, that says white. What if I'm thirsty and I want to go there?" And I, and I could understand at that point, you know, what he was trying to tell me, is that you have rights, you know. You have rights, and don't let anyone take those rights away from you. And it was a very practical lesson for me, at that point.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

THIS WILL BE TAKE FOUR.