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Transcription: {SPEAKER name="John Lewis"}
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[oh yeah!]
We gon' win 'em! But we got to have information, see?
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That's right! See?
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All these little things we got to do, you know, they don't understand us when we say, "Yes'm" and shake our heads and smile.
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They don't know what's inside us. They don't know, no, they don't know!
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So we gotta get together.
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And ultimately all the maids in Greenwood have got to get together, and have some sort of a maid's union where we can get four dollars a day instead of two and a half to three, or even five dollars a day, you see?
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All these things have to be done.
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I'm not gonna hold you up too much longer, but I'd like to end this thing with what we say all the time.
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Having looked at what we been doing three hundred and fifty years,
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how we've suffered on the slave block, in the cotton fields,
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how we been hung up by the head or by the feet and whipped,
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we been dyin' every day and the way things are a Negro comes into life not to live,
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but he comes in here to die.
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And every day he's dyin' bit by bit. 'Cause it's a sad thing to be segregated.
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We can't even be human.
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Ya got to go around with a lot of burdens on ya.
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And ya got to wonder, "Can I go here?" and "Can I go there?"
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In Chicago they not free. I used to live up there.
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I went downtown and every time I go downtown I wonder, "Can I go in this restaurant?" or "Can I go in that restaurant?"
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And that's not freedom! [No, no!] Freedom is when you know within your soul that you are a man.
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There are times when people have experienced that, but not in America.
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I was over in the Philippines and it was like a whole weight lifted up off of me.
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You know, I felt somethin' like I was floatin' in the air almost, 'cause I knew there wasn't any segregation.
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And that's the way these soldiers comin' back from France and Germany have felt.
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They'll tell you about it, am I right, you who've been in the army?
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They know what I'm talkin' about, it's like a whole weight bein' taken off of you.

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