Interview with David Dawley

Did you have any sense of "Here I am, I'm this White person, I came down South to help you all, and then you tell me to go home and you tell me to work among my s-." Did you have any personal sense of feeling gypped or being dismissed?


No, I felt more cheated before we went on the march. I felt cheated by the press which hadn't made me aware of the fear among, ah, Negroes in Mississippi, you know, the, the fear of registering to vote, something basic in the United States. And that was, ah, more dominant for me um, than, ah, getting driven away from a march. I can't say that, ah, immediately coming back from the march we understood what we should do, ah, what the opportunities were going to be. So, ah, our heads, ah, reacted to different issues and the primary issue that came up for us in 1966 and 1967 was Vietnam, ah, more than civil rights.


OK, That's was actually helpful. I think that is what our sense has been: that a lot of the White movement, after that point, went into anti-war work. And that's what happened, and that's, it's good, it's important to have that in the film, because I don't think we, it's good to have you say that rather than even a narrator because I think, that's where you when and that's where other people went. Terrific.