How do you feel about the Klan activity in this country?
“The Klu Klux Klan? I think that the march that they did about a month ago was probably their ( ) march. Because supposedly, they were supposed to be 15 states represented and they couldn’t pull over 100 people to march. I think that pretty much proves what they were doing, marching down – not up.” —Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America
What do you think of divestment in South Africa?
“I can sometimes agree with divestment because I have a problem with injustice toward anyone — when no one had a voice, when no one can speak out and say how they feel, say what they really want. And in South Africa they can’t.” —Susan Akin, Miss America
Would you ever demonstrate for civil rights or equal rights?
“No, I would not. I don’t feel that it is usually the proper procedure to use. I think that you need to work within the system. I know that maybe sounds a little bit old, but I definitely believe in that. I worked in college government quite a bit and I think that that’s the only way that you’re going to get something done. Demonstrating is kind of like beating your head against a brick wall.” — Rebecca King, Miss America
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