When civil rights started happening, Ms. Williams was about 5 years old and older. She lived in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Williams was in elementary school in California. All her friends were black. Most African-American people didn’t like white people but Ms. Williams never had a problem accepting them.
We were in Mrs. Mayes’s house on a fall afternoon. She had her windows opened so there was a slight breeze in the house. I was sitting across from her in her living room. Right before our interview she had begun to cook dinner and so there was still a tasty smell in the air.