Interview with Linda Brown Smith
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

NOW IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE FOR US THE WALK THAT YOU TOOK EVERY DAY TO THE BLACK SCHOOL IN TOPEKA, TO TAKE THE BUS, AND HOW LONG THAT WAS FOR YOU, AND HOW LONG IT SEEMED A WALK, WHAT THE WALK WAS LIKE.

Linda Brown Smith:

I was a very young child when I started walking to school. I remember the walk as being very long at that time. In fact, it was several blocks up through railroad yards, and crossing a busy avenue, and standing on the corner, and waiting for the school bus to carry me two miles across town to an all black school. Being a young child, when I first started the walk it was very frightening to me um, and then when wintertime came, it was a very cold walk. I remember that. I remember uh walking, tears freezing up on my face, because I began to cry because it was so cold, and many times I had to turn around and run back home.