YOU'RE SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD, YOU'RE IN CHICAGO AND YOU'RE ABOUT TO LEAVE TO GO DOWN TO MISSISSIPPI FOR THE SUMMER. TALK TO ME ABOUT WHAT YOU AND YOUR COUSIN, EMMETT TILL, WERE EXPECTING THAT SUMMER, WHAT YOUR EXPECTATIONS WERE, WHAT KINDS OF THINGS YOU WERE THINKING YOU WERE GOING TO DO THAT SUMMER.
Well, what really happened, uh, I lost my grandfather on my father's side, and my grandfather on my mother's side came up here to the funeral, and he took us back down there, you know, for the summer. I had just came, I'd just completed, uh, a month and a half of summer school, you know. And, um, so I went in the car with my uncle, my father brother, and my grandfather took Emmett Till and Wheeler Parker on the train back with him to Money, Mississippi. And, uh, I went in the car.