Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

OK, LET ME, THAT'S GOOD, AND DESCRIBE FOR ME THE DAY IN JACKSON WHEN THE STUDENTS ARE PROTESTING AND THEY'RE TAKEN AWAY IN GARBAGE TRUCKS AND TAKEN TO THE FAIRGROUNDS AND THE EFFECT THAT HAS ON THE COMMUNITY AT THAT TIME IN JACKSON.

Dave Dennis:

Um, well at that time is, we were organizing demonstrations in the Jackson area. Um, I participated in the Jackson organization of those demonstrations and some of the SNCC people and some were CORE workers. We had a dual operation there. We were not uh, divorcing ourselves from our primary objective and that was to, uh, continue on the voter registration work and things in the other areas of the state. Mississ—Jackson sort of happened at the time is, it was a secondary effort on our part. The demonstrations per se is, had a tremendous effect on uh, the people as a whole in Jackson. I mean uh, most of them were students who were demonstrating at that time and uh the manner in which the Jackson police department and uh state troopers handled the situation is, really just all enraged the people and got the people very much involved. At the same time is that type of activity though if you, is something that caused the death of Medgar Evers. Uh, when that uh, our demonstration escalated to the point that it did and brought the attention that it did on him. And uh, but as a whole is that it did have a tremendous effect on the manner in which the Jackson, Mississippi and the state as a whole, to react to what was going on in the state. Prior to that time is we had, we had had a lot of problems we're getting of uh, real tight massive participation from Jackson, Mississippi itself. After that Jackson began to become much more involved. But that was involvement from the adult population which brought about by the entries and involvement of the students and we're not talking about college students per se, a lot of the high school students were jailed and beaten at that particular time, and uh that's what made the adults, or cause the adults to become more, become more active in their participation.