Fillette recalls his growing awareness of the civil rights movement and the systematic nature of racial discrimination during his years as a college student at Duke University during the mid-1960s. Fillette remembers that hearing Martin Luther King Jr. speak at Duke was an especially inspirational moment in prompting him to join the movement. He briefly reflects on what it was like to be a white southerner supporting civil rights and indicates that his activism sparked a degree of tension with his parents. The passage concludes with Fillette's description of the efforts of African American workers to unionize at Duke in 1968.