Quotation by Johnnie Tillmon

I will never accept that I got a free ride. It wasn't free at all. My ancestors were brought here against their will. They were made to work and help build the country. I worked in the cotton fields from the age of seven. I worked in the laundry for twenty- three years. I worked for the national organization for nine years. I just retired from city government after twelve-and-a- half years.
Johnnie Tillmon (b. 1926), African American community organizer. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).

Tillmon, who lived in the African American Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, was director of the National Welfare Rights Organization.
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