Interview with Nancy Jefferson
QUESTION 13
JUDY RICHARDSON:

So when you saw Dr. King go down, how did you feel.

NANCY JEFFERSON:

Well everybody in our in our line--

JUDY RICHARDSON:

When you saw Dr. King go down, how did you feel?

NANCY JEFFERSON:

When we saw Dr. King go down in that line everybody in that line, that day, including me, that I didn't realize that I could be so mad at the world I thought that if, whatever, if lets, lets go to it. Lets, lets go to the point killing everybody on that line, I'm telling you we, it was, we were angry. Because we knew that man was doing nothing, Dr. King was doing nothing but marching, trying to demonstrate "we're human beings," and for them to hit that man I think everybody in that line wanted to kill everybody on the other side of the line to the point that, you know, when we got, when we got home and really assessed that. It took me for days and months to get out of that anger, and I'm still not out of it. I think it, you know it still, when you, we think about it, even when we think about it transmitted into the Harold Washington time in this city. When we think about it, that, ah,all we were doing was trying to prove that we were human beings and right people. You know you got so angry about that that, ah,it's hard to even explain that anger: not only in me but everybody that was in our line there on that line you know. Ah, ah,its hard to even explain that anger, because you knew this was a--Dr. King was only trying to say to America, trying to say to Gage park: "we are human beings,"** "we have a right to live here," "we have a right to come through here" that's all he was demonstrating, he wasn't demonstrating any violence.