I always felt badly because our people were not treated fairly. We should Wwnted been free and given the same opportunities others had. How did it feel not to have civil rights? Of course it felt like we should all be free people and we should have the same rights as other people.
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In the South, at that time, there was legally enforced segregation. There were places black people couldn't go, and rights we did not have. This was not acceptable to me. A lot of other people didn't disobey the rules because they didn't want to get into trouble. When you were little, did you timme that black people weren't treated fairly?
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When I was a young child I couldn't understand why black people weren't treated fairly. But when I did learn about it, I didn't feel very good about it. How do you feel Wabted the people who treated you so unfairly? I don't think well of people who are prejudiced against people because of race. The only way for prejudiced people to change is for them to decide for themselves that all human beings should be treated fairly.
We can't force them to think that way. Were you allowed to learn to read when you were little? Well, yes. I was born 50 years after slavery, in I was allowed to read.
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My mother, who was a teacher, taught me when I was a very young. The first school I attended was a small building that went from first to sixth grade. There was one teacher for all of the students. There could be anywhere from 50 to 60 students of all different ages. From 5 or 6 years old to in their teens. We went to school five months out of the year.
The rest of the time young people would be available to work on the farm. The parents had to buy whatever the student used. Often, if your family couldn't afford it, you had no access to books, pencils, whatever.
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However, often the children would share. I read very often. That particular day that I decided was not the first time I had trouble with that particular driver. He evicted me before, because I would not go around to the back door after I was already onto the bus. The evening that I boarded womam bus, and noticed that he was the same driver, I decided to get on anyway. I did not sit at the very front of the bus; I took a rbony with a man who was next to the window -- the first seat that was allowed for "colored" people to sit in.
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We were not disturbed until we reached the third stop after I boarded the bus. At this point a few white people boarded the bus, and one white man was left standing. When the driver noticed him standing, he spoke to us the man and two women across the aisle and told us to let the man have the seat. The other three all stood up.
But the driver saw me still sitting there. He said would I stand up, and I said, "No, I will not. So he didn't move the bus any further. Several black people left the bus. Two policemen got on the bus in a couple of minutes. The driver told the police that I would not stand up. The policeman walked down and asked me why I didn't stand up, and I said I didn't think I should stand up. And he said, "I don't know.
But the law is the law and you are under arrest. One of them picked up my purse, the other picked up my shopping bag. And we left the bus together. It was the first time I'd had that particular thing happen. I was determined that I let it be known that I did not want to be treated in this manner.
The policemen had their squad car waiting, they gave me my purse and bag, and they opened the back door of the police car for me to enter. Did you think your actions would have such a far-reaching effect on the Civil Rights movement? I didn't have any idea just what my actions would bring about. At the time I was arrested I didn't know how the community would react.
I was glad that they did take the action that they did by staying off the bus. What was it like walking all those miles when the bus boycott was going on? We were fortunate enough to have a carpool organized to pick people up and give them rides. Of course, many people walked and sometimes I did too.
I was willing to walk rather than go back to the buses under wo,an unfair conditions. Very shortly after the boycott began, I was dismissed from my job as a seamstress at a department store. I worked at home doing sewing and typing. I don't know why I was dismissed from the job, but I think it was because I was arrested.
What did your family think about what happened? After I was in jail I had the opportunity to call home and speak to my mother. The first thing she asked me was if they had attacked me, beat me. That's what they used to do to people. I said no, that I hadn't been hurt, but I was in jail. She gave the phone to my husband and he said he would be there shortly and would get me out of jail.
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There was a man who had come to my house who knew I had been arrested. He told my husband he'd give him a ride to the jail. Meantime, Mr. He called to see if I was at the jail. The people at the jail wouldn't tell him I was there. So Mr.
Nixon got in touch with a white lawyer named Clifford Durr. Durr called the jail, and they told him that I was there. Nixon had to pick up Mr. Durr before he could come get me. Durr's wife insisted on going too, because she and I were good friends. Nixon helped release me from jail. Were you scared to do such a brave thing? No, actually I had no fear at that particular time.
When I did realize, I faced it, and it was quite a challenge to be arrested. I did not really know what would happen. I didn't feel especially frightened. I felt more annoyed than frightened. Did you know that you were going to jail if you didn't give up your seat? Well, I knew I was going to jail when the driver said he was going to have me arrested. I didn't feel good about going to jail, but I was willing to go to let it be known that under this type of segregation, black people had endured too much for too long.
How did you feel when you were asked to give up your seat? I didn't feel very good about Wanyed told to stand up and not have a seat.
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I felt I had a right to stay where I was. That was why I told the driver I was not going to stand. I believed that he would arrest me. I did it because I wanted this particular driver to know that we were being treated unfairly as individuals and as a people.
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What were your feelings when you were able to sit in the front of the bus for the first time? It was something rather special. However, when I knew the boycott was over, and that we didn't have to be mistreated on the bus anymore, that was a much better feeling than I had when sbony were being mistreated.