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Watkins / A Call to Do Something for Ourselves

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Watkins: Beginning to hear the kids from New York, and they’re not experiences what I experience when I come home. I began to see that it should be better, and it can be better. Then when I was at Texas Southern, it was a call for us to start doing something for ourselves and organizing. After the incident in North Carolina, that’s when we really got motivated. Now, they were trying to hold us back. They hired Reverend Bill Larson in Houston as a chaplain. Reverend Larson was trying to show us that we have to be patient. We let him say the prayer to start our meeting, but we asked him to leave when we started discussing what we wanted to do. He began to respect us for what we were doing.

Interview Interview with Halcyon O. Watkins
Subjects Education › Higher Education
Education › Private and Parochial Education
Direct Action
Student Activism › Sit-ins
Student Activism › Student Activism and Training
Religion › Clergy
Tags Texas Southern University
St. Frances de Sales High School, Powhatan, VA
Lawson, William A. "Bill"
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Interview date 2015-07-23
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Watkins, Halcyon O.
Locations Houston, TX
Texas Southern University
Duration 00:01:10
Citation "A Call to Do Something for Ourselves," from Halcyon O. Watkins oral history interview with ,  July 23, 2015, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed July 10, 2020