I attribute my activism to the activism of my mother. She was active as a black woman in the segregated Methodist (before the United Methodist Church), and would attend national meetings of Methodist women representing the all-black Central Jurisdiction. She would return from those meetings and at the dinner table, would tell us of how she was refused entrance to white-only restaurants and hotels. Many of the white women present did not respond to the discrimination, she and the other black women experienced. But, there were a few white women, from the south and the north, who befriended her, walked out of restaurants with her, and would refuse to stay in the hotels where she could not stay.