Jamila Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-27.
JM: Yeah. Which was your church?
JJ: Uh, mine was Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion church.
JM: Was any of the other girls, uh, at Reverend King’s church?
JJ: Uh, none of us were, uh, members -
JJ: Of Reverend King’s church. Minnie McCants was a member of, uh, Reverend [Ralph David] Abernathy’s church.
JM: Um-hmm, um-hmm.
JJ: I was with, uh, Reverend [Solomon] Seay [pronounces “Say”], Seay [pronounces “See”], Seay [pronounces “Say” again], uh, who was - had the first meeting for the Montgomery bus boycott, uh, and he was very active.
JJ: As a matter of fact, the, uh, things in your life that cause you to - I guess the sum total of things cause you to be what - whatever you are in life. And, uh, he taught each Sunday about accomplishments they had made, uh, toward needs of the black community, and I would hear what he had to say. Uh, so that was one of the influences that I had, in terms of my life and, uh, fighting for freedom or struggle.
JM: Yeah, yeah. Um, let’s see, you must have entered high school around ’57, fall of ’57, fall of ’58, I guess?
JJ: Yeah, I finished in ’62.
JM: Yeah, okay. Um, and can you describe, um, the -? I think in the late ’50s, because at some point if, if, um, - I’ve read a couple of different accounts, but, um, one indicates that you traveled to Highlander Folk School.
JJ: I did, but that was before high school. It was like junior high, I think it was. But, um, I was singing, and along with the, uh, my sister being very active, we were selected to go to do a kind of like a cultural exchange in terms of our music. We would share the kind of songs that we were singing, and Guy Carawan headed up that, um - the workshops. And people from around the world, actually, because we met people from Africa there, uh, would share [15:00] the kind of movement songs they were doing.