By Sheyann Webb
This relocating firsthand account places the 1965 fight for Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama, in very human phrases.
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I ran down the steps into the rain and she chased behind me. I cut left along the sidewalk between the church and the backdoors of the apartments. We laughed as we ran; our shoes squished. As I look back on those days, it occurs that so much that was to happen in the months of January, February, and March, 1965, would take place in the rain. Chapter Three Martin [King] wanted to sort of ease into things and wait a little while before trying to integrate the Hotel Albert. But I told him, 'Why wait?
It's twenty minutes past one. " "Over there," I said. "Over where? " Louise Bright was upset with me. "Don't you know what kind of meeting they're having over there? That's a voting-rights meeting, child. That's not for children like you. Don't you know there might be troublemight be folks put in jail. " Page 8 I didn't know about that, so I just shrugged. The lecture went on and I remember all the kids looking at me and I was so embarrassed. I bit my lip and flexed my leg muscles as hard as I could.
Look at me. I'm thirty-four years old and the only job I can get is sewing shirts. " Page 9 Rachel, left, and Sheyann, 1965 Page 10 Then she tells me that there's another reason for not missing schoolthe fact that going to the demonstrations can lead to serious injury, or something even worse. "Like those little girls in Birmingham," she said, "that got killed at that church when somebody put a bomb in it. " Momma tells me she don't want that to happen to me. I don't want it to happen, either, I tell her.