Madge Hopkins:
Because when you grow up in a segregated society you're taught your place and you accept, but as time...there comes a time when you realize, "I have no place. You can't put me in a place."

Pamela Grundy (interviewer):
When did that happen for you? When did you begin to notice...?

Madge Hopkins:
Probably the time I got in a fight with Freddy and I had to hit him back, you know, was told, "You can't hit him back. No, don't hit him. " No. And that was probably eight or nine years old. And the most - and I think probably at one of those Carousel parades when I was about six or seven. Move to the back. Why can't we stand in the front? Why can't I have that - go up to that counter and eat in Kress's like everybody else does? Why can't I do that?

- Madge Hopkins, West Charlotte High School, Class of 1961

Interview with Madge Hopkins by Pamela Grundy, October 17, 2000, Interview K-0481, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full text of interview.