Doretha McDonald


As interviewed by C.M., March 10, 2019
"And after the football game, if you wanted to get something to eat, you had to go to the back door."
Doretha McDonald

Introductory Profile: About Doretha McDonald

The interviewee was Doretha McDonald, my paternal grandmother. Doretha Thomas was raised in Mexia [Muh-hay-uh], Texas. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was only six years-old, and her father died in World War II, so she spent most of her childhood with her aunt and uncle. Ms. Thomas wanted to be a teacher when she grew up, but then she met a man named Lee McDonald. They got married, and Mrs. McDonald raised four children that she is very proud of to this day. Mrs. McDonald has a very positive attitude and does not spend a lot of her time worrying about things.

In the interview, The main topic that were discussed were the fact that African Americans could not attend many public events during the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The overall tone of the interview was melancholy because we were reflecting on lots of pain and suffering, but we were also happy that our ancestors risked so much in order to provide us with equal rights.