Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

FIRST, DESCRIBE FOR ME UM, WHAT CORE'S INVOLVEMENT WAS IN ORGANIZING STUDENT PROTESTS IN, IN JACKSON, WE'RE IN ‘63 NOW.

Dave Dennis:

Well in ‘63, uh the Congress of Racial Equality was involved in Mississippi. We didn't operate as CORE per se. Um, what I mean by that is they had workers in here but I had a lot of problems with the national office because prior to that time we had uh through the influence of Bob Moses and others they'd organized a group, uh, organization in Mississippi called the Council of Federated Organizations, better known as COFO, which uh Bob Moses and myself were co directors of it. And once an organization was formed we sort of merged everybody into it and called ourselves COFO workers. SNCC workers were COFO workers CORE workers were COFO workers, um, and those were the primary two groups that participated at that time. We as, mostly did not see ourselves other than as COFO workers, we didn't organize any SNCC chapters we didn't organize any CORE chapters. Uh, so the organization CORE's participation was more as a COFO workers, uh CORE didn't like that, SNCC didn't like that, from the national offices, the uh, they uh, but that's the way we felt that we would do that to keep from having any real competition among the organization, on the national level that we felt would hurt what we were doing in Mississippi.