Interview with Calvin Taylor
QUESTION 3
PAUL STECKLER:

That's fine.




PAUL STECKLER:

...feel about being excluded.

CALVIN TAYLOR:

Rejection is difficult to take on anyone's part. I, I, and, and, in reflection I guess we didn't like it. I mean, you know, it was, we felt we had a legitimate program. We felt we had some legitimate contributions to make. Ah, we felt there were some areas that, that involved in the Black community in Memphis that needed to be addressed that the leadership was not addressing. So when, you know, we expected rejection from the White community but to get rejection from the Black community and particularly to get it in such a personal way, because it was never as if they were talking to us as people with, as I say, contributions, you know, valid contributions, meaningful contributions to make. It was always as if they were talking to wild young teenagers. And we didn't view ourselves as wild, young teenagers you know. I, I've mentioned before the fact that when you look at the backgrounds of all the people who were involved in what was called the Invaders, you would find that there weren't that many wild young teenagers. Idealistic, overly energetic, maybe. You know. But wild, not, not, not even rebellious I, I, I think at this point in time.