Mike Beasley

As Interviewed by Sophie Beasley, March 14, 2015
"A white guy and a black guy walking around at the fair together? There would have been trouble. "
Mike Beasley

Introductory Profile: About Mike Beasley

I interviewed my grandpa, Mike Beasley. He grew up in Longview, Texas during segregation. He was born on November 28, 1943. He has grey hair, blue eyes, and is tall (about 62). He is an English teacher at Panola College, but is retiring next year, 2015-2016. Mr. Beasley enjoys walking his dogs, working in the yard, watching movies with his wife, reading the news and books, and sports. He is nice, generous, and enjoys telling people stories.

In my interview, Mr. Beasley covered many topics over what it was like growing up during the era of the Civil Rights Movement. Even though he was not directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement, his life was clearly impacted by it. One of the things he talked about was how signs on stores or water fountains showed that they were only for a specific race. He also told many stories about certain experiences he had. Some stories my interviewee told made me wonder how people could do things like what they did and other stories were kind of funny even though the matter was serious. This interview really helped me to understand what was going on during the Civil Rights era, particularly in the South.