Interview with Rachel Nelson West
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY, TELL ME ABOUT JANUARY 2, THAT WAS THE FIRST BIG MEETING HERE IN BROWN CHAPEL, AND CHEYENNE TELLS ME ABOUT HOW YOU ALL SAW PEOPLE OUTSIDE AND CAME BACK, TELL ME THE STORY OF THAT.

West:

Okay, uh, of course, Cheyenne, she was, she went to Clark School, I was going to Catholic school which was about three blocks away. Cheyenne and I would walk to school together; at least I would walk her as far as Clark school. Clark school is right across the street from Brown Chapel. We noticed some people was mingling around Brown Chapel and we was wondering what was going on. I had to go on to school. Cheyenne, she stayed to find out what was really happening, and she did. And that evening when I got home from school, she told me that they was planning a big march to give black people the right to vote. So from that point on we became very involved. We, Cheyenne and myself, we led freedom songs, we always greeted Dr. King when he came into the church, we would get up from in the front, go to the back when Dr. King would enter to just to sit in his lap and listen to the his main question he would ask us, And that was, what do you want, And we would reply freedom. He would always say I can't hear you, what do you want? And we would respond in a louder tone of voice, we would say Freedom and Justice for all. After that, we would come back and we would march along with the other people.

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