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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Katushka Olave, December 9, 1998. Interview K-0659. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Olave describes her foray into social activism

Olave describes her foray into social activism, motivated by the sense that she needed to start doing something about injustice rather than endlessly reading about it.

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Oral History Interview with Katushka Olave, December 9, 1998. Interview K-0659. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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So, perhaps that background could be, or perhaps because I have in my blood, since my name is Katushka and I'm a Russian [Laughter] but also another factor was when I said before that I realized and I knew that how life was when I started volunteering to become a missionary, when I was in high school. I just see how different society is and how we can change. I mean kind of like doing a social change, just living whatever I had and be part of them. And I think that was the main reason why I changed. I was just getting tired of being involved in the sameߞ, like staying in the same dress all the time. I wanted to do something different, I wanted to help people, instead of them helping me. It's more, kind of like, what I would say, kind of likeߞ, sometimes we talk too much, we are too educated, we have too much knowledge, but it's different what you do in the practice. You learn a lot, I mean you can read books and tons of things, but it's not the same way as you need to do it.
ALICIA ROUVEROL:
It has to be out there, yeah.
KATUSHKA OLAVE:
It's different and I think for me, and I value a lot of what humanity is, and I value also the rights from the human beings, it's because I saw them, I live with them, with the community in order to value. That would be different and that's what I was doing before I get involved. I just saw them from like, it's the same like you are watching a Christmas party. You know, you're out watching and you love it but you don't know how much those people they need to train themselves or, I don't know, practice or whatever, you know, get involved. How did they get those consumes? How didߞ.
ALICIA ROUVEROL:
In order to really learn.
KATUSHKA OLAVE:
Right. You know, so those are little things that make, and brought me toߞ.