Voter registration, community organisation and political education constituted my activity in the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. Violent resistance was experienced, including being shot at after night-time mass meetings and beaten during demonstrations and boycotts. Not only did my engagement in this pivotal moment in American history lend me a purpose for living a life greater than my own. Such "life and death" daily activity also turned into a personal and inner transformational event three years later on the day of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. This protracted "psychohistorical" event of 1965-68 came to closure for me in the form of a professional career as a university academic teaching and researching in the Humanities based on cultivating moral integrity.