BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Flonzie Brown-Wright captivated an attentive audience Monday by sharing her memories and personal experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. Brown-Wright has traveled the United States for the past 50 years sharing her story.
"I had no idea 50 years ago that we were making history. We just knew that we were scared, but we knew we had to do something," said Brown-Wright.
Brown-Wright has accomplished many things in her lifetime. She was the first African-American female to be elected to a public office in Mississippi, post-reconstruction, and she is a best-selling independent author. One role she takes very seriously is the opportunity to share her experiences dealing with racial injustices in Mississippi.
"I made a vow to Dr. King back in 1966 that as long as someone wanted me to come and share with them these real stories that I would do it," said Brown-Wright.
Brown-Wright met Dr. King when he visited Canton, Mississippi for a voting rights march. And she will never forget the phone call that preceded that visit.
"I said, 'Yes sir.' I said, 'Well, how can I help you?' He said, 'Can you provide housing and food for 3,000 people?'"
Brown-Wright's enthusiastic speech and captivating tales of Dr. King resonated with audience members.
"It doesn't always feel good to everybody to hear the truth, but we need to hear it. That's true now. And in Missouri, where we're having the issues around Ferguson with the police violence there, we need to hear that truth. We, we white people, need to hear that truth," said Lois Reborne.
"We teach by sharing the stories many people don't know, some of our real history. And, of course, those of us who are in a position who know firsthand, then it's an indictment on us if we don't tell it," said Brown-Wright.
Even though Brown-Wright has been speaking and sharing her stories for more than five decades, she feels there are still racial injustices that need to be corrected, and people cannot forget how hard civil rights activists fought for equality.
"We marched too far, we prayed too hard, we sang too long, we hurt too much, and we died too young to allow this history to fall on deaf ears," said Brown-Wright.
Brown-Wright also showed a portion of a documentary she participated in called, "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders." She and others were honored for the production at the John F. Kennedy Center.