YOU WERE EIGHT YEARS OLD IN 1965, HOW DOES AN EIGHT YEAR OLD GIRL GET INVOLVED IN THE VOTING RIGHTS CAMPAIGN?
It was a very unusual situation, with me being eight years old getting involved in the civil rights movement here in Selma. However, it was a unique experience for me it was one rare situation on my way to school one day and I saw black and white people mingling together, something that was very unusual, uh, for me to see and on that day on my way to school as I crossed the street I was wondering, I was always an inquisitive child anyway, I was wondering why these people were standing in front of Brown's Chapel AME Church and I had crossed the street to continue on to, go to school and as they mingled into the church, I began to cross back over to the church and follow them. And when I followed them into the church, I sat in the back of Brown's Chapel AME Church and observed and listened and as much as I could, but I still didn't quite understand what was happening, but at the time there was one thing that I did remember from that first meeting and that was the, the different leaders who began to talk about a man by the name of Dr. Martin Luther King. And I think that that initial point was me sitting in the back of the pew on that day to see why these people were together started my interest in the civil rights movement in Selma.