My grandfather, said that one particular time, he had to use
the restroom really bad one afternoon. The black restroom, was
crowded, but the white one was empty. He went into that one and
as soon as he got inside, the door busted open. I was so scared,
I stated my grandfather. Another vivid memory is at his job,
The kitchen workers would fix their food. He would have to go
the back window in order to receive his food, on the other hand,
whites could walk right through the front door. He stated, after
a while, I started bringing my own food from home, because people
can do any and everything to your food, if you are not watching.
My grandfather said his first reactions to getting caught were,
Lord please help me and I am sorry Lord. As he thought back to
the late 50s to the early 60s, he kind of gets angry, but he
smiles, because segregation is over, and we are all equal.
My grandfather coped by talking about what was on his mind.
He talked to his older brothers. They encouraged and comforted
each other. For emotional and physical support, he turned to
his best friend Alvin, the Holy Bible, and God. My grandfather
has changed a lot over the years. His thoughts and feelings have
changed also. He used to literally bow down to white people.
He now views everyone as equal and he only bow down to God up
above. If he had to give someone some advice about going through
segregation, he would say ì Don't hold everything inside,
find someone you can talk to and trust and believe in God.
I believe this interview went like I expected it to. It was very
difficult because I didn't have a tape recorder and it was held
over the telephone. That caused me to have to do a lot of writing.
I learned that segregation was a lot more serious and dangerous
as I imagined. People were very mean and hateful against others
just because of their skin color. I learned that my grandfather
experienced lots of heartache and suffering. He went through
hard and rough times. He also got into lots of trouble for being
disobedient. If I had to rate my interview, I'd rate it as positive.
I learned a lot about segregation that I never knew. I learned
some things about my grandfather that I never knew. I had fun
doing this interview about segregation with my grandfather!