Taunton woman marched with King in Boston
TAUNTON, Mass. —
Eula Nauls, of Taunton, remembers the harsh world of the segregated south.
She lived it first hand and knows all too well how important the 1963 March on Washington and the civil rights movement was for this country.
Fifty years after the iconic march, she told NBC 10 the story of how she decided to fight for freedom in her hometown of Houston.
"We were on the bus and the sign was white-colored at that time," Nauls said. "And this young white driver stopped and picked up some white teenagers. He made every one of those older women get up including myself. That hurt me so bad I cried. That day I just determined within myself, whatever way I could try to bring some type of justice to me and my people I would."
A year later, she was raising money for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and she took that fire for justice with her throughout the country.
She remembered those years of sweat, blood and tears as she watched the 50th anniversary coverage of the March on Washington.
She still remembers listening to Dr. Martin Luther King, and says she was "spellbound."
Nauls even marched with him as a young wife and mother living in Boston. Then she was fighting for her children's right to a good education.
"We sent for Dr. King and he did come," she said.
Not once, but twice - first in 1962 then again in 1965 when he led a group of 50,000 through Boston.
She followed King's example then and now she hopes others will act and follow a new generation of leaders.
"It's yet work to do," Nauls said. "More marches, more protests. I hope his message resonates. Listen to the words."