Barbara Becker

As Interviewed by Max Becker, February 11, 2012
"Then in the 60s, it became a matter of listening to the speeches, observing on TV, knowing how limiting segregation was to the black people, and taking a side, and making clear your views that there should be equality for both races."
Barbara Becker

Introductory Profile: About Barbara Becker

My interviewee’s name is Barbara Becker. I interviewed her about the Civil Rights Movement around the 50s and 60s. She knows about it because, during that time, she was involved and helped black people where she lived. She helped by getting them into better housing, tutoring the children, providing a breakfast program for the children before school, and other things.

Barbara Becker is my grandmother. She is 75 years-old and she is white. She is not very tall, nor is she very short. She has short white hair. She is in a very healthy condition for her age and is still active. She is very nice and does not get mad that often.

Barbara is retired and lives in a retirement community in Georgetown called Sun City. She is married to a man named Fred Becker. When she was helping black people, she lived in a small town in West Texas called Andrews, and she later moved to Dallas, where she, her husband, and her young son continued helping blacks. She began helping black people after she graduated from high school. She followed the Civil Rights Movement on the radio and later on TV. She was a bit isolated from the whole situation in her small West Texas town though she was still kind of in Dallas.

The interview felt pretty laid back. My interviewee did not at all seem reluctant to tell me things. She did have to think to find an answer to my questions on some occasions, which is reasonable considering how long it’s been since she was experiencing those things. I was in no rush to finish and wasn’t really worried about whether the interview would be long enough, or good enough, or any of those things.

Our interview was about Civil Rights overall, but mainly focusing on the Civil Rights Movement during the 50s and 60s. It was also about what my interviewee did during that time to help the black people. She lived in Texas at the time and was pretty young. Because of where she lived, there were fewer blacks as opposed to other Southern towns. Also, because of where she lived, she was sort of isolated from all the action, but she did still follow the Movement on the radio and TV. She had recently graduated high school when she became involved, she is 75 now.