Antonio Gibbs


As Interviewed by Nathan Voorhees, March 23, 2018

Antonio Gibbs : In His Own Words

IS THERE ANY WAY THAT BEING POOR BACK THEN AFFECTS YOU NOW?

It makes me appreciate having things that I didnít when I was back then, like money food clothes things like that. And it also makes we want more of it you know. Especially tangible things. Like clothes food you know things we couldnít afford back then. Not really expensive things but things we couldnít afford like, a cell phone today.

HOW WAS WORKING YOUR WAY BACK UP FROM BEING POOR? HARD EASY CHALLENGING?

It was definitely hard and challenging because I always had to prove myself. I can do the same job as somebody with money and back then somebody with money... kids with money because I always had to compete against kids who had things. And also against other races because usually other races back then it wasn't a lot of different races in the neighborhood that i lived in. it was only always like one. We probably had like one caucasian family in the neighborhood but everybody else was black. And we always competed against each other. And also we competed against people who did and could afford things. Like competing in track for instance. I didn't have any money to buy expensive shoes. We would go to different schools and they did have better shoes and better equipment than us. So Iíve always been working my up. Itís been long it's been hard constantly trying to prove myself. Constantly you know Fighting against the odds. Odds meaning because youíre black were not gonna give you this. They would never say that to us but it was very obvious on the way they treated us. You know, they treated us like a different kind of people.