Interview with Patricia Harris


Patricia Harris:

Well, my mother she had been involved and as I became old enough she talked to us about it, to find out how we felt about being discriminated against. So, you know, she started takin' us to the meetings and listenin' to what we were going through actually. I didn't really even know it, that it was really happenin' at that time. But when she started takin' us there, and we, you know, could hear what was happenin' and then beginnin' to see what was happenin', I felt that uh, I didn't want to, you know, live the rest of my life facin' a situation of this sort. So, uh, we got involved in the movement and started several uh, marches, you know, for freedom, and our right to do everything that the white man did. And, you know, I remember this particular time that I went to a doctor's office and my mother, she carried me but I, like I say, I didn't really know the significance about you know, black go here, and white go here until I walked in the wrong door and it was white in there, but you know, I didn't think nothin' of it until um some white kids started laughin' and, and sayin', "What's she doin' in here?" And then I thought well, this is one of those places that I had been hearin' about, you know. That, you know, you had to go in your door and not in the white door. So, you know, I was very young, and I felt that I wanted to do anything that I could, you know, to help better, you know, the conditions, the standards of livin' for the black people. So, that's mainly the way I got off into it. You know, as a whole, just from being, you know, with, bein' around people that were already involved, you know, and just listenin' and following up on it, you know, I got more and more involved in it myself and the youth even got an organization of their own. You know, we had a youth movement that we would talk and discuss different things and we would go out, we would sing, you know. And just sing for freedom actually it was all involved with freedom songs and you know and, we'd march and we uh, wear our signs as to equal rights and this type thing, is what we were really lookin' for. And we would get talked about you know and… the people on the street would look at, look at us as if we were, you know, some type of trash, you know. But that didn't stop me as a matter of fact, I thought it was, you know, quite fun you know, to uh, be able to sort of get the point over that you wanted to and try to make things better. You know, this place at least a better place to live in. Mmm-hmm.