In my estimation, the cutting edge of the civil rights movement was the student arm of the movement, they are the ones who enfleshened the social gospel.

Victoria Gray Adams: In my estimation, the cutting edge of the civil rights movement was the student arm of the movement, they are the ones who enfleshened the social gospel. They came into the communities and they walked and they talked and they took the risks and they lived in the community and worked with the people. This was my first experience of seeing people literally in my community they have a saying putting their money where their mouth was. They actually were willing to go with you, they were willing to be with you, they were willing to take the risk to be with you, and they did. I remember once, I think we were on the march from that last march, the guy who was shot, the Meredith march, and we were coming down, it was on the last day, and we were on our way coming into Jackson and we were coming down this road and all of the sisters were sitting out under the trees in front of the church between services. And so, we were encouraging them to come and join us on this leg of the march, and some of us would leave the march and go up and talk with them. And so I went to talk with this group of ladies and they said, "well, we would love to come but we've got a church service coming up very shortly." And I said, 'Sweetheart, that is the church. That's it marching down the street there. Come on and join us." And that really is the way that I perceive these young people. I had really, again, many wonderful experiences. I had been part of many, many organizations through the years, very impacting ones, ones that can make a difference, but I have not been a part of any organization or community that made a more, a deeper impact on my own life than it did working with the young people who were known as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. And you know, the things that I learned from those young people, I continue to use those very effectively, and very successfully, because here, I did see, I repeat, the enfleshened social gospel, I did see love, faith, in action. And so, as I said up here a minute or two ago, I've retired many times, but I've never been so tired that if there was a way to serve that I didn't pick up my tired body and what is getting to be my forgetful mind, and try to respond to this because they showed me what it meant to become that which you talk about.

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