Katie Urbanek – Mentoring and Support

“Anybody who was black had to leave town by sundown.”

You know, I was kind of raised on the farm in the middle of Kansas . . . Oh! Anybody who came to the house, they could have been so dirty and scrawny, but [my dad] invited them in. Sometimes he fed them. My mother, she didn’t realize about the homosexual activism [that] would happen. It was about the African-American [activism then]. In the little town we lived [in], anybody who was black had to leave town by sundown. Now, can you imagine that? My mom was furious! So that’s where we learn our stuff.


Sources: Interview with Maureen Nickerson on 14 May 2007; Interview with Laura S. Hodgman on 4 June 2012.