Interview with Paula Giddings
QUESTION 3
JUDY RICHARDSON:

Why did you go to Howard? What were you looking for?

PAULA GIDDINGS:

I was looking for a community.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

If you could start with, I grew up in Yonkers.

PAULA GIDDINGS:

You want to do it all over again but compress it? OK. Ah, well let's, ask me the question again.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

Why did you go to Howard and what were you looking for?

PAULA GIDDINGS:

Well, I grew up in Yonkers, New York in a predominantly White neighborhood, feeling very isolated for, for many reasons. And I really wanted to go to a place where there was a like-minded Black community. And I thought Howard would be that place. Ah, I had been very affected, I think growing up, by so much that was going on around me, particularly those Freedom Rides in 1961, that made me ask a lot of questions and made me curious to find out so much more and so many things that I certainly wasn't getting in my own school, in my own experience in Yonkers. So Howard, I was determined to, to go to Howard in '65.