Interview with Rachel Nelson West
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY, RACHEL, YOU WERE 9 YEARS OLD IN 1965. HOW DOES A NINE YEAR OLD GET INVOLVED IN THE VOTING RIGHTS CAMPAIGN?

West:

Well, mostly we have our parents to depend on, plus we had many great leaders to help us understand the meaning of voting rights. My father was one of the great participants of the voting rights. He went out door to door trying to get black people to vote. He also was called the black captain so because all of his help he tried to influence many people. Also there was Dr. King who mostly led me and Cheyenne to understanding what it was for black people to get the right to vote. Yes, I was 9, I didn't understand, but 1ike I said we had many people we can depend on, we had our teachers, we had preachers, I had my uncle, my cousin, whoever.