Interview with Hollis Watkins
QUESTION 26
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, WITH BEING ALONE LIKE THAT, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE FEAR THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU'VE GOT ALL THESE THINGS COMING AT YOU, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH JUST THE FEAR OF BEING OUT THERE ALONE LIKE THAT? WHERE DO YOU FIND THE COURAGE?

Hollis Watkins:

The fear of being alone, you know, one of the things, the best way you deal with the fear of being alone, is to know that somebody has to take the chance. Somebody has to start somewhere and if you know that it need to be done than it might as well be you. One of the things that gives you strength is when you see that you have one or two elderly people that do support you and back you whether its overtly or covertly. You know it's there. That gives you extra strength. And it's this kind of thing that, that gave me and still does give me the inspiration, the motivation to continue to stand up fight you know against the things that I know that are wrong rather than just submit to ‘em and hope and pray that they will be changed one day. So it's these kind of things that, that gives you that kind of inspiration. And then through the music and songs, uh, you know we give ourselves uh, that kind of uh inspiration, you know we sang to ourselves and we sang to others, you know, as we say, "freedom fighters don't be slow, Mississippi is next to go, keep your eyes on the prize, hold on." If you don't keep your eyes on the prize you can't hold on, if you don't hold on to that which you believe in, than someone will take it away from you.