Interview with Stokley Carmichael
QUESTION 12
JUDY RICHARDSON:

if you could say when they refused to--



STOKELY CARMICHAEL:

When the, ah, democratic party refused to, ah, seat the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and in fact seated the racist, ah, Democratic Party with the compromise, which, which it called the compromise, was unacceptable to SNCC. The majority of people in SNCC had no alternative for SNCC's political strategy. Those who had in the beginning opposed the decision to work with the challenge for the Democratic Party but worked with it anyway because they were disciplined to the organization, though outvoted, were the only ones with a pliable alternative, a viable alternative, at that time. They presented an alternative of organizing the African community outside of the Democratic Party, independent political party. Alabama was selected and Lowndes County as a county which we had not done much work in.