Interview with Paula Giddings
QUESTION 11
JUDY RICHARDSON:

How did it affect you personally?

PAULA GIDDINGS:

Well, you, again, you just felt that there was.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

I felt.

PAULA GIDDINGS:

I had, a, a tremendous sense, first of all and to be honest with you, I don't know how much I analyzed it then, but you had a idea that things were opening up, that there was something very new, that there was new sense of pride certainly, a new interest in Black cultural roots. And certainly a new idea about, remember this is also the period when people are commemorating Malcolm X who was assassinated in 1965, the first person, and we were all affected by, by confronting the situation. Not just acquiescing to it and being the good negro that the Freshman Assembly asked you to be. But confronting a lot of these things. Ah, ex, expressing anger, ah, expressing, not apologizing anymore for talking about Black people exclusively, of trying to understand the culture, understand the politics that would be liberating.