Interview with Rachel Nelson West
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

TELL ME ABOUT THE DAY OF THE TEACHERS MARCH; WHAT IMPRESSED YOU MOST ABOUT THAT?

West:

Oh, well, just to see the teachers participating in the marches. Simply because back in the 60's the teachers would not march. We gave them a name. We called them Uncle Toms. And Reverend F. D. Reese led about 125 teachers from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to the Dance County courthouse. The teachers influences a lot of other teachers. A lot of other people. Mainly they influenced the students. We had a lot children marching also and it was teachers, then was somewhat like up in the upper class you know. People looked up to teachers then, and looked up to preachers. They were somewhat like leaders for us back then.** But once they got out, seems like more black people start, you know taking part in the movement.