The guest speaker for the West Pasco Historical Society on Feb. 8, 2014, was Maxine Walker Giddings, who spoke about the civil rights struggle, especially as it involved students at the historically black Fisk University in Nashville, which she attended. She participated in some of the earliest counter sit-ins, along with the young and future Congressman John Lewis. Maxine’s family has a long history of being actively involved, including her physician father and mother. She was briefly jailed twice for protests she participated in. Her brother was one of the famous Freedom Riders. Maxine is a member of the African-American Club of West Pasco.