WHAT DID YOUR PARENTS SAY WHEN YOU WOULD COME HOME FROM THESE MEETINGS?
Well, at the time, uh, my parents were afraid. I used to ask my parent questions day after day once I had become, uh, getting involved with the movement and there were quite a few things I didn't understand prior to me becoming involved, and even after I had become involved with the movement there were quite a few things that I still didn't understand, and I used to always go home and ask my mother questions about why they weren't registered voters because this seemed to be one of the main topics when I had first, when I didn't know anything about voting and I went home after one meeting I asked my mama was she and my daddy registered voters? And she told me no, and I asked her why, and they said that because of, they had become registered voters, they would be fired from their jobs probably and they couldn't feed us. They wouldn't have the money to feed us and I didn't quite understand it, I said, well, white people are registered voters, why can't you be registered voters? And she told me, well, at that time too, my parents were also afraid of me, uh, of getting involved in something like this. They knew it was something that I didn't understand and had no business being involved in, but I was still determined to disobey them and after each meeting, what I would do, is, is get a Freedom Fighter, you know the leaders, some of the main leaders who are leaders today, like Andy Young, Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson. I'd get, those people were called Freedom Fighters then, I would get one of those people to walk me home to keep me from, and um, my mother and father would still tell me, don't go to the meetings. But I would still find some way of going and after even going to meetings after meetings, they used to get to somehow uh, spread not only in this community which we lived in, but even in the school system because my teachers were asking me questions uh, when I used to uh, go to school. They used to ask me questions because they were afraid to come to meetings and they knew that I was there and uh, it was the same thing with me at home, but they were basically afraid you know, of me being involved.
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