6 from Washington, D. C., came down to thank me for my work. There was a contest put on in three large cities and some way Athens pulled strings and got it for the one small town to compete with all the schools here doing outstanding child health demonstration work. When I put on that demonstration and wrote my thesis I had a dream I would be the winner. When I was notified I had won the trophy, I couldn't believe my ears. And the funniest thing about it the [superintendent?] of our city schools didn't want me to take it home with me. His secretary said, ‘Why, it doesn't belong to city. It was given by the [?] and the Notary to the individual winning it. So by rights it belongs to Martha and we have no right to keep it.’ Very reluctantly he presented the cup to me, saying. ‘You should have civic pride enough to put it on display where everyone could see it.’ I told him I surely had that and asked one of the jewelers to place it in their display windows for me. The jeweler did and insisted that I should let him polish it for me, but I liked it dull best.
Before I came to Athens to teach my mother called me to her, saying, ‘daughter, there is something I want you to do. You know my days are numbered, and after I am gone there will be nobody to educate my younger children but you, so just as soon as you find a good man I want you to marry and make a home for yourself and the children, and educate them.’ ‘But, mama,’ I said, ‘why don't you tell [Dora?] that. She is older than I and, too, I want to study and become a medical doctor.’ She plead with me and finally I told her I would. Soon after I came here to teach I met my first husband. We decided to marry. I had said I was going to have a church wedding and it took me two years to buy my clothes, as I had to send a certain part of my salary to my mother, as my sister was at Atlanta University and my brother was attending Tuskegee.
“My wedding dress and veil was beautiful and I paid a modiste who was well known in Atlanta $12.50 to make my wedding gown. I paid for every detail myself