Interview with Keveon Taylor, March 20, 2011

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Interview with Keveon Taylor, March 20, 2011
Taylor, Keveon ( Interviewee )
Weston, Marna ( Interviewer )
Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP)
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Oral history interview


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African Americans ( fast )
Mississippi Delta Freedom Project ( local )
Civil rights movements ( fast )
Oral histories ( lcgft )
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1997 - 2011
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United States of America -- Mississippi

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UF Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
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MFP 072 Interviewe e: Keveon Taylor Interviewer: Marna Weston Date: March 20, 2011 W: This is Marna Weston with the Sam Proctor Oral History Program on March 20, 2011 on the side of the road in Marigold, Mississippi, speaking to Mr. Keveon Taylor. T: Yes, sir. W: How are you doing today, Mr. Taylor? T: I'm doing fine, how about yourself? W: Doing fine. Just riding by and I saw you and I wanted to ask you what you're doing out here. So, first, could you say and spell your name? T: My name is Keveon Taylor, K e v e o n Taylor, T a y l o r. W: Okay, and what is your date of birth ? T: May 15, 1997. W: Okay. Could you describe where we are right now? T: We're in Marigold, Mississippi, on Highway 61 right now. W: What ar e you doing out here? I saw you had some horses and you're carrying a piece, looks like a piece of T: Tin. W : Piece of tin, okay. T: Yes, sir. I was feeding my horses, making sure that my horses have some water in trough. Just came back from Texas and I had my cousin over here taking care of them. So, I just came over here to make sure everything was all right W: Okay, so, you live here or you have family here in the area. How long has your family been in this area?


MFP 072; Taylor ; Page 2 T: They've been here a long time, I say . like, yeah, pretty much all our lives and stuff, yeah. W: What's that, Margaret? Margaret Block: From the [19]40s. T: From, yeah. W: Since the [19]40s? I'm here with Margaret, activist Margaret Block from Cleveland. She's actually escorting me in the area, letting me know what's going on. It's so funny with Margaret. She actually knew this man's fam ily. [Laughter] B: Yeah, Sylvester can sing. You ought to hear his granddad. T: [Laughter] W: So, I hear your granddad is a good singer. Are you a singer, too? T: Yes, sir. W: Okay, what church? T: Yes, sir. I go to church. I also sing country music. W: Okay, well, what church are you a member of? T: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church out of Marigold. We're about to have our church built over here on the highway, but we're using the church in Cleveland right now. W: Okay, and what kind of country artists do you like? T: Darius Rucker, pretty much all of them, really. W: Yeah, I remember when Darius was a pop star. It was country before country was cool, I guess. T: Yes, sir.


MFP 072; Taylor ; Page 3 W: Okay. [Laughter] So, could you describe this piece of property we'r e looking at? T: Yeah, it's pretty much a pasture, a field where I keep my horses at. We have six horses out their now, one stud gelding and the rest of them are mares, so . W: Okay. Why horses? T: Well, my uncle I was really wasn't into horses, but when I was little, my auntie married a man named Alphonso Greer. He had horses. I just fell in love w ith them and been fooling with horses ever since I was little. W: Okay. What do you like about raising horses? T: They're fun to ride and giv e me something to do during the day. I can take care of them and stay out of the street and whatnot. W: Okay. Now, you're und e r eighteen, so you're still in high school? T: Yes, sir. W: Okay, what high school do you go to? T: Cleveland High. W: Okay, and what do you do at Cleveland High? What clubs or organizations are you involved in? T: I'm involved in the drama club, I play football, I play trombone in band. I'm also on the track and field team, and I also play baseball. W: Okay, so now, are you f ast? T: Well, I'm not really fast. I do shot putting, but I can run pretty far. Not as far as fast, but I can run. W: Are you involved in 4 H or FHA?


MFP 072; Taylor ; Page 4 T: I used to be, but I'm not anymore. W: Okay, and you're in the drama club? T: Yes, sir. W: But not the debate team? T: Well, I'm not on the debate team yet because I don't know why I'm not on the debate team yet. I guess I'm just not, I just have too much going on now, so. I might join it next year some time. W: Okay. Do you consider yourself a leade r at your school? T: Yes, sir, I do, 'cause, like, I'm pretty much the only black person at my school, of my kind. We done have horses, wear cowboy hats, ride four wheelers, like pretty much a good old country boy. I'm pretty much the only one in the area right now, that I know of. W: So, what is your definition of leadership? T: My definition of leadership is someone who c an take responsibility and teach others right from wrong. Yes, sir. W: Do you see yourself always living a rural area, or are you planning on graduating and doing something else? T: I plan on graduating and going to college to be a veterinarian and being a farmer. I want to move to Texas. W: Okay. What colleges are you looking at? T: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Jackson State, but I doubt I'm going to Jackson State. But I also like Louisiana State and their technical college.


MFP 072; Taylor ; Page 5 W: Okay, terrific. Well I appreciate you taking a moment to talk with me. I'm going to have to go meet your folks, see if they'll sign my form, but I like to close all of my interviews just by thanking the person on behalf of our center, for taking the time to speak to us about farming and horsing, and also, I'll just give you a chance to close the interview. Anything you want to say about the interview or whatever you want to say? When you finish your remarks, it'll close our interview. T: Well, I don't have anything to say. [End of interview] Transcribed by: Diana Dombrowski, February 23, 2014 Audit edi ted by: Sarah Blanc, March 4, 2014 F i nal edited by: Diana Dombrowski, April 9, 2014