If people trust you and know of your reputation as a good solid person who gets it done, then you have an opportunity for success. You have to tell the truth. When I was first married, all these organizations called to get me involved, because that's what women did. And one organization called and said, "We'd like for you to get involved with us, and we have a spot for you in our kitchens, where we cook for our luncheons." And I said, "No, I don't think so." And another organization called and said, "We know that
you're newly married, but if you could put fifty cents a week away in a jar, you could save up the dues." And I said, "No, I don't think so." The National Council of Jewish Women called and said, "We want you on our Board, and we want you to be our Program Chair." And I said, "Got me!" I started with them, and I was active with that organization and President of it at a very critical time in our country's history, in the organization's history, and in my own personal development. I credit that organization with giving me my start, but I took it from there.
We had an organization called Save Our Schools, because the Brown vs. Board of Education decision had come down in 1954. We are now ten years later, and our local judge has mandated that the New Orleans public schools be opened to all. And it was a huge fight in the community, and it was a dangerous situation. We used to meet in the dark at night in somebody's living room, to do whatever we could to keep the schools open. Now that involved—I didn't have any children in public school, my children went to private school—but it involved encouraging people who did have children in public school to just keep the peace, let things move, take their natural course. There was a lot of violence here. It was not the violence that took place in Alabama or Mississippi; it wasn't that kind of violence. But it was a scary thing for little black children to be walked into an all-white public school.
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