Dionne Warwick sat down for an interview with Jennifer Hudson and reflected on the challenges she faced during the civil rights era. Warwick said it wasn’t segregation she faced at the time, but rather “degradation.”

The “Heartbreaker” singer specifically recalled a disturbing experience she faced when she was on tour with Sam Cooke in South Carolina. Warwick said she remembers going into a restaurant with Cooke at the time and being told that she can’t sit down.