Preloading

He Risked His Teaching Job to Support the Civil Rights Marchers

Booker T. Booker, 78
Location: Selma, AL
Interview facilitated by Zannetta Booker & Zandra Nash

Booker T. Booker was a principal at a local elementary school when the history-making civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery began. He was also completing his degree at Alabama State University and driving the 50 miles from Selma, Alabama to the school every night, while smuggling in teachers, students, farmers and anyone else who wanted to join the movement. Booker says that no one was safe, particularly those who worked for the county.

"The establishment didn't want people to be involved in the movement because it was breaking the tradition," Booker says. "Because, actually, the whole thing was, 'You don't need to be a voter. You don't need to be a voter, you don't need to have no civil rights.'"

Watch as Booker reveals how the county school administrators punished teachers for joining or supporting the protests.

Hear more stories from people who were at the ground level of the civil rights marches
Published 01/05/2015
More Videos
“What’s The Biggest Lie You’ve Ever Told?”
Cynthia Is In Her “Soft Life” Era
Sue-Ann: Jeffri Is “Ready To Lie”
Can Anthony Fit Mercedes In His Routine?
Don’t Just Stay For The Kids!
Morgan: “I Don’t Know What Love Feels Like”
Blake: No More Kids!
Cynthia: “Everyone Is My Type”
Lyndon Explains Being Judged For Having A Roommate
Jeffri Is "100% Mommy"
Jeffri: “Bluu Looks Like An Uncle”
Rashid From Season #3 Pops The Question!
OFFICIAL TRAILER: Ready To Love: Miami Is Back!
Oprah's New Book Club Pick: 'Demon Copperhead'
"The Seeds Remember the Land They Come From"
Oprah's New Book Club Pick: 'That Bird Has My Wings'
Darla Worries Ralph Angel Is Overworked
The Official Trailer: 'Queen Sugar's 7th and Final Season
Ashley and Darroll Talk About Their Early Days
How Did You Meet The Love Of Your Life?
How Long Did You Wait Until....
Kenric And Sonequa On How To Share Grief
Ray and Roslyn On Dealing With Cancer
Black Love's Final Season Trailer: For Better or for Worse
Oprah's New Book Club Pick: 'Finding Me' by Viola Davis
Oprah's New Book Club Pick: 'Nightcrawling' by Leila Mottley
Oprah's New Book Club Pick: 'The Way of Integrity' by Martha Beck
Tory and Precious Bond Over Their Mothers
Camille Meets Cornelius’ Ex
Tisia Takes Issue With Her Seating Arrangement
Aisha Opens Up About Her Miscarriages
Camille's Friends Call Her a 'Runaway Bride' Type
Donte and Kheri Try to Get Past Their Forced Connection
Mumen Opens Up About Her Daddy Issues
Nai'im Sees Red Flags in Camille
Sabrina Says Corey Has Zero Game
Singles Talk the Importance of Sex Before Marriage
Things Get a Bit Awkward Between Shawn and Sabrina's Friends
Tommy Tests the Contestants with Temptation
Ralph Angel Makes a Dangerous Decision
Aunt Vi Doesn't Hold Back with Darla
Micah Surprises His Favorite Professor
Nova Learns the Truth About Why Billie Left Town
Oprah's New Book Club Pick: 'Bewilderment' by Richard Powers
Davis Apologizes to the Bordelons
Violet Explains What She's Been Hiding from Hollywood
Prosper’s Daughter Is Furious With The Bordelons
First Look - OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad
Darla Wants Ralph Angel to Forgive Aunt Vi
Davis Hopes to Make Charley Happy