Interview with Ben Chavis
QUESTION 2
JUDY RICHARDSON:

that's all right. start over.

BEN CHAVIS:

As you know, well, one of the things, you know, as I'm answering the question I have to think about this--In the early nineteen seventies, I was a field organizer for the Commission for Racial Justice of the United Church of Christ, and prior to that, you know, I worked with the SCLC, Dr. King's, ah, organization. I was an SCLC coordinator for North Carolina in, ah, '67 and '68. And after King's assassination, I joined the staff of the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice. So anyway, the Commission for Racial Justice of the United Church of Christ sent me to Wilmington, North Carolina, because there was, ah, a emerging crisis developing over the racism in the schools, over school desegregation. And what was happening was that the Black community, particularly Black students, elementary school, junior high, and high school students in particular, were being, ah, victimized, were being, uh--violence was committed on Black students solely because they were trying to go to school. I mean that was--