Interview with Stokley Carmichael
QUESTION 19
JUDY RICHARDSON:

Contact with Mr. Hulett.

STOKELY CARMICHAEL:

Yeah, Mr. Hulett represented some of those—it was worker and farmer or sharecropper, if you will, that is, in Lowndes County most of the people—it was agricultural county. Most of the people grew agricultural goods. But some of them, to combine their income were also workers. For example, maybe the husband would work and the wife and the children would carry on the agricultural work. This was the case of Mr. Hulett who was a worker in Montgomery and communicated, communicated every day. But he worked in the Martin Luther King program. He even body, was a bodyguard of Martin Luther King's house when they dynamited King's house in Montgomery in '56. Yet, himself and some others who were workers in Montgomery still could not spring a movement in Lowndes County. But since they had this experience and wanting always to get a movement in Lowndes County, the minute we walked in with a program for a movement, and they could see the program was a clear program that would work, they immediately seized the program. So, Mr. Hulett represented one of those who had worked in Montgomery, wanted to bring these changes to Lowndes County but was incapable of working out the program, only because of lack of organizational support or organizational skill. So, once SNCC came in with the organizational support and skill, he saw clearly. He jumped into it. So, he was clearly, came first front into the movement quickly, because he had the experience from Montgomery and was extremely instrumental in helping to rally the population of Lowndes County toward the cause of the struggle.