When I was on a road trip with my mother, my aunt, my brother, and my older cousins, I had a unique and still unexplained experience. We were traveling home from Austin and the car, of course, was packed. My aunt and cousins were moving back to Houston. I guess I was about 8 and was the youngest in the car. We were traveling late at night to avoid the heat, I’m sure. I remember looking out the window as we rode because we didn’t have the technology to keep us engaged. Out of nowhere, there was a huge presence in the sky. It was bright and appeared to be round in shape. We all looked up in amazement and no one was sure what it was. We knew that it was not an airplane or a helicopter but we could not explain what it was without going sci-fi. To this day I wonder what it was but secretly in my heart, I felt that it was a flying saucer bright in the distant sky. It hovered over for about two minutes and it did not fly in a straight pattern. No one ever mentioned it or talked about it again. People, particularly Black people, were very careful about being called mentally ill in those days so I guess it remained an unspoken mystery.
- Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, 2020