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Robert Pierce's sentiment. "1 ain't never said 'yes, sir' or 'no, sir,'" she insists. "1 just couldn't use the words. I didn't. " Like Pierce she waged her own battle with segregation. She remembers having to confront whites on the street when she was a teenager, whites who expected her to step off the sidewalk to let them pass. "1 fought many a day with kids my own age when they tried to push us off Main Street," she recalls. " Shortly after Caldwell married she went to Newberry's department store to buy handkerchiefs for her husband.
52 The jury returned a guilty verdict and the judge sentenced Leo Branton to a term on the county farm. The Branton family vowed that they would never let Leo serve a day in jail, and they had their lawyer file another appeal. As he went back to Copyrighted Material 34 PINE BLUFF school while awaiting the outcome of his appeal, Leo Branton decided that he would never return to Pine Bluff if it meant going to prison. "1 never would have gotten out of the jail alive," he contends. " Anger over the verdict within the black community and embarassment over it among whites led to a compromise solution, however, that kept Leo Branton out of jail.
But Perry also learned from his youth that people do not become involved in activism simply because they are unhappy. Poor people fight a battle every day to put food on their tables and to keep a roof over their heads, and they cannot afford to waste any energy on behalf of abstract principles . Political action requires risk and presumes that short-term sacrifices will yield long-term benefits. But most poor people have no assurance that there will be a long run for them, and regardless of their sympathies, they often cannot afford to think about political change.
A Life In The Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition by George Lipsitz