Interview with Ernest Green
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

YOU TOLD ME AT ONE POINT THAT CHRISTMAS BREAK WAS A TIME IN WHICH YOU REALLY THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE IT.

Ernest Green:

Well Christmas, uh, the uh, uh, December break, Christmas break fell halfway between the two semesters. And my feeling was that, uh, one, having put up with the uh, problems of the harassment and the telephone calls and, uh, all of the uh, all of the hostility as well as being able to handle the academic work, if we made it through those three months then I figured we'd made it through the next uh, four months. And that uh, Christmas break was kind of like a uh, it was kind of like a race, and the Christmas was a way station, you know, an oasis where you could rest a little bit, one was you got a chance to see uh, a lot of your friends. And the other thing that was helpful was you got a lot of support coming up from various people in the—in the community. I mean people would stop you that you didn't know uh, and tell you how proud they were of what, what we were doing. And that uh, gave us a renewed impetus to uh, to carry on.