Hobby explains how he came to be involved in politics and in the labor movement. Arguing that while he was growing up he had little awareness of labor issues, Hobby says that he first grew sympathetic to the movement when he became acquainted with coal miners in the navy during World War II. After the war, when he returned to Durham, North Carolina, he became actively involved in the movement, first through his association with Brownie Lee Jones of the Southern Summer School and eventually with Voters for Better Government, a coalition of laborers, African Americans, and liberal intellectuals. In particular, he focuses here on the actions of the Voters for Better Government during the late 1940s and 1950s, stressing the leadership role of African American activist Dan Martin.