Ms. Thorpe described her most vivid memory of hostitiy during the Civil
In '63 I took a trip with a group of NCCU Students and some
faculty and some members of the American Friends Committee. We went by
bus to Mexico and that was the week after the two fellows had been killed
and found in the dam down there in Mississippi.
We went through all of that--and that was my one experience, the
confrontation with hostility. We went into a bus depot, it was hot, we
were in Natchez Mississippi. We then got off the bus. It was real hot,
we were tired. We just kept walking until we saw this depot ladies room.
We went in and when we came out there was a whole lot of highway
patrolmen, and this deputy sheriff. One of the students was a tiny girl
and she was right in front of me and this deputy sheriff had his
stick--gonna come down on her head. She went into the classic position.
But I was too tired. I was too angry. I stood and looked
straight in that man's eyes, I mean I just stared him down. And somehow,
just at the moment that I think he would have hit me or hit her we
disbanded. Somebody else came in and we got back on the bus and it was
just at that moment, and I will never forget it and I got back on the bus
and I sat down, and you know how you...after-shock can go through you? I
thought, what did you do Amelia? What almost happened? That was my
confrontation with the Civil Rights Movement.
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