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Watkins / TSU Activist Leadership

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Watkins: We had a Malcolm X and we had a Martin Luther King in your group. Eldrewey Stearns, who has written a book. Eldrewey was our Malcolm X and Otis King was our Martin Luther King. Otis was always the one with the cool head and let’s tone down. Eldrewey was like if somebody hits you, if they spit on you, you know you got to spit back, but spit on the ground. He was like that. Don’t just take everything they throw at you. These were the two main leaders that we had. Curtis Graham who is now a legislator in Louisiana.

Interview Interview with Halcyon O. Watkins
Subjects Direct Action
Student Activism
People › King, Martin Luther, Jr.
People › X, Malcolm
Tags Stearns, Eldrewey
King, Otis
Graham, Curtis
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Interview date 2015-07-23
Interview source CRBB Summer 2015
Interviewees Watkins, Halcyon O.
Locations Houston, TX
Duration 00:00:54
Citation "TSU Activist Leadership," from Halcyon O. Watkins oral history interview with ,  July 23, 2015, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed January 24, 2021