Day 5: Commitment

Let’s talk creature comforts before we go back to Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. McCord has made sure there is a cooler full of ice and bottled water and she reminds us constantly that we need to drink it since we aren’t used to the heat and the humidity. And, there are snacks from chips, Fiber One Bars, brownies to many others. This is good planning since our meals are often far apart and we do get hungry.

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Looking for Sponsors

In April of 1965 I decided I’d go to the South to register black voters for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. They sent each of us a reading list, a packing list and a note about how much money we needed. My parents sent me to the University of California during the fall of 1964. My mother gave up being a stay at home mom for a job at the post office to pay my college fees. I knew I couldn’t ask them for the money for the trip.

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Seeking the Path

One thing I know for sure: books evolve in their own way regardless of the author’s intention. The books that arrived on Januray 12, 2011, did not meet the plan Eleanor and I intended in spring of 2005 after she saw the video tape and said, “There is your book.”
We planned a book that spanned forty-five years made up of stories from 1965 to 2005. We proposed sharing the events of the summer of 1965 and to show how those events led to personal relationships with several families that have lasted more than two-thirds of my life.

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