Oct 15, 2019
All right. What would the greatest historical event you lived through? Well, I was born and raised in Georgia. The greatest historic event with me with the civil rights movement, because we had to protest, we had the Klu Klux Klans on our back, and we had curfew hours, just like they do in third world country. Although we was in the United States, we still didn’t have no rights. We had a color barrier. We had the land you couldn’t cross, and we couldn’t drink out of the white people water fountain when I was growing up. And I didn’t never want my kids to go through that. So we had to protest, march, be in the house at a certain time, killing your kids, killing your brother. So the neighborhood had to stick together. And we did it for white people, and black people, and any other color, because it started from us down south first.
It was hell, because the Klu Klux Klan had their sheets on in their head, and you didn’t know who was behind it. It was policeman, it was the judges, it was everybody. And you didn’t know who was up behind that white sheet. So that was terrorizing, you know? But we marched and we protest so hard. We took that sign, the color sign, off that fountain, nigger. And it was full of people. And if people wanted to drink out of that fountain. We started drinking out of that fountain. We couldn’t go to the same movie they went to, we had to go the black movie. They went in the white movie. And we couldn’t ride the same bus. You had to stand outside and wait for the bus. So these kids here just don’t know what our ancestor had to do to carry you on their shoulders. Women, especially. Women too. Women didn’t have no rights, but we fought.
My ancestor fought like hell for us to have a better life today. We did things that third world countries are still doing it, but we was right here in America. And they talked about sending us back. Sending us back to where? We built this. We built this country. And you know? I just wanted to let my kids and the generation know, your ancestors was powerful, strong people. We stood together as a unit, and I will never forget that. That was my hope that we will overcome. I met Martin Luther King Jr. And we was young people protesting. We was out there with signs. School, you know. And so they got beat up with the dogs, the water fountain. But one thing we had on our side. We protested not spending our money on the white people stores. We protested. You hit it in their pocketbook.
We walked to work. My grandmother and Aunt Olive, they walked to work. They didn’t ride the buses, or my Aunt Nell, they walk. And when they didn’t have that money coming in the stores, then they started negotiating. They started talking to King, they started talking to people. And then they spread it on up, Atlanta on north, and stuff like that. But it started way before all that. Yeah, way before King came. It was Parker, Miss Parker sitting on the bus. You got to go in the back of the bus. That’s real. That wasn’t fake. That was reality. So that’s my historical history. Yeah.