Interview with Marion Barry
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

HOW DID FOUNDATIONS, CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE ROLE OF FOUNDATIONS IN THE VOTER EDUCATION PROJECT?

Marion Barry:

Well this is a, this is a big debate in that period because there was a big debate in SNCC about direct action and about voter registration. Some of us including myself was a little leery of those who advocated let's not turn the movement into a movement for voter registration at that time, ‘61. So we finally compromised; we had two things going. Those persons who wanted to participate in voter registration would be in that wing of SNCC, and those of us who wanted to do direct action would be in the direct action wing and ah so that's where the money question of foundations came into being to some extent and ah there was some people who wanted to try to get money directly to SNCC from foundations and I think the foundations resisted that and I guess this whole notion of the voter education project became a viable kind of alternative place for monies to go. I don't know a lot about it quite frankly at the time because I was not interested that much in the voter registration part of it and in the foundation part of it I was interested in direct action. But I later learned, you know, looking back and talking to people how some of that happened and who was involved with it.