Author’s note: This past March, the Southeastern Women’s Studies Conference met at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. SEWSA is the oldest and largest regional women’s studies conference of its kind. This was a return to home for me—I had served as SEWSA’s newsletter editor in 1980, when that meant running the publication off on a purple-stencil machine. For this year’s conference, I made the four-hour drive over from my home in Alabama to offer some personal and political memories. I gave these words in honor of three ancestors from Mississippi who are no longer with us: Eddie Sandifer, a gay, white, anti-racist communist from Jackson who died in 2016 at the age of 87 after serving as a “drum major for justice and equality;” Brenda Henson, who died in 2008, a refuge from anti-woman and anti-lesbian violence who opened Camp Sister Spirit in Ovett, Mississippi, with her partner Wanda in 1993; and Laura Cates, who died in 1984 in her 80’s, an African-American farm, factory, and domestic worker who migrated to Alabama from the Mississippi Delta and was the person who raised and taught me.