Judy R. Hodgson

As Interviewed by Reed Rogers, March 18, 2012
"I guess the biggest hero and most influential was Martin Luther King, Jr."
Judy R. Hodgson

Introductory Profile: About Judy R. Hodgson

I interviewed Judy R. Hodgson, my grandmother. I was very intrigued to discover how involved my grandmother was in the area of social justice. I came into the interview knowing that she was a feminist, but I was surprised to know that although she did work for the womenís movement, her main focus was fighting poverty and racial inequality. This really got me thinking about how many different kinds of people wanted racial equality. I didnít even consider that she might have fought against racism because she was a white, elderly woman.

Judy Hodgson grew up in the Midwest in a middle-class family. Her stepmother stayed home to take care of the kids while her father worked as an engineer at General Motors. She attended a local Lutheran Church, where she was inspired to make the world a better place. Judy went to the University of Chicago for a couple of years before moving to the University of Wisconsin. There, she was exposed to the anti-war movement that was sweeping the nation.

Judy has gray hair, and her brown eyes are partly hidden by her glasses. Her fiery personality mixes with her stubbornness, making quite a unique person. She is fun to be around, and her piercing voice can be heard from across the room, as she is usually engaged in a lively conversation with someone. Most of all, she is a strong woman, and certainly a character that you remember.

The mood of the interview was a mixture between nervousness and joy. Both she and I were nervous, yet for totally different reasons. My fear was that my questions would cause confusion and would basically end up in her saying nothing because it was awkwardly worded. Her fear was most likely the fact that she didnít know what to expect. All I told her was that I needed an interview about her past efforts in making the nation more just. This nervousness affected both of our actions. We stuttered sometimes, and our speech volume dropped occasionally, but her character was still apparent, and shining as bright as ever. We were both very joyful, because as she was having a great bonding time with her grandson, I was learning more things than I could have ever imagined about my grandmother, and they were actually really interesting

As a result of this interview, I have learned a couple of things. The obvious one is that my grandmother is a wonderful human being, and I am blessed to be connected to her. The not so obvious thing is not to judge a book by its cover. I knew this saying before, but I never experienced it fully, and if I did I definitely took it for granted. Lastly, I would like to thank my grandmother for her time.