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Essay on Interview with Ailine Watterson

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Writer with Ailine Watterson I interviewed my Aunt Ailine Elizabeth Harris Watterson. She's a forty-five-year-old homemaker born April 16, 1954 and raised here in Johnson City, Tennessee. I chose to interview her on the Civil Rights Movement because she needed to face a lot of obstacles her late childhood and young adulthood years. Here's a string of questions on the Civil Rights Movement that I asked her and the answers that she gave me. Q: What do you recall about the Civil Rights Movement? "I remember a whole lot of white folks cussing me every time I went down the street. I remember people getting beat up and bruised. Most of all I believe that I remember when I went into University School as the first black female to ever go into that school. The very first day I went in, there was this guy named Leo Frederick and his daddy was exactly what we called the "Grand Pupa" since he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. And as I walked in front of the school He (Leo) was leaning from the first floor and he harked and spit in my mind. Well the whole school felt real bad about it, but what they ended up doing was they took me downstairs to wash my hair. Obviously back then we used hotcombs (a.k.a. pressing combs) to press our own hair. What ended up happening was that I had an afro at the close of the afternoon and I was completely ashamed, crying. And um, I recall it was very difficult because mom and dad had never raised us to be prejudiced, we had you understand white friends and they came into our residence. We'd white folks over and they ate everything. You understand, we didn’t understand anything about being bias. We didn’t know anything about civil rights. We didn’t know that they. I think that they (her parents) called themselves protecting...

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