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Letter to Mom and Dad from Bonnie

June 27

Dear Mom and Dad,
This letter is hard to write because I would like so much to communicate how I feel and I don’t know if I can. It is very hard to answer to your attitude that if I loved you I wouldn’t do this – hard, because the thought is cruel. I can only hope you have the sensitivity to understand that I can both love you very much and desire to go to Mississippi. I have no way of demonstrating my love. It is simply a fact and that is all I can say…

I hope you will accept my decision even if you do not agree with me. There comes a time when you have to do things which your parents do not agree with … Convictions are worthless in themselves. In fact, if they don’t become actions, they are worse than worthless – they become a force of evil in themselves. You can’t run away from a broadened awareness… if you try, it follows you in your conscience, or you become a self-deceiving person who has numbed some of his humanness. I think you have to live to the fullest extent to which you have gained an awareness or you are less than the human being you are capable of being … This doesn’t apply just to civil rights or social consciousness but to all the experiences of life…

Love, Bonnie

Details

Elizabeth Sutherland, ed. Letters from Mississippi, (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1965), 22.

Description

Letter from a young activist to her parents. In the letter "Bonnie" asks for understanding from her parents for her involvement in the Freedom Summer Project.

Date / time
June 22, 1964
Editor(s)
Martinez, Elizabeth Sunderland
Publisher
McGraw-Hill Book Company
Pages
22
Publication
Letters from Mississippi
Date published
1965

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Letter to Mom and Dad from Bonnie." (Viewed on July 31, 2014) <http://jwa.org/media/letter-to-mom-and-dad-from-bonnie>.

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