I was so impelled and compelled to do this [civil rights] work--the drive was so strong. And it was a drive that came from inside of me. It wasn't like someone said, 'Oh you should do this.' It's so different from how I feel about almost anything today, that in a way, on some level, there was nothing difficult about it. I felt held in some way in a national energy, a national movement, of which I felt a part, which just made all the work and every difficult moment possible. And I don't think I am romanticizing it as I look back on it.
There were just the most extraordinary moments in that work. I remember times being at a mass meeting inside a church and singing 'We Shall Overcome' and knowing that there were white people outside, in their cars, in their trucks, probably with guns, and feeling as though the roof was just going to lift off the church, because the energy of the people with whom we were working was just so intense. They were so involved in the struggle that it was palpable.
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