OK, WITH THAT IN MIND TELL ME UH, DESCRIBE BOB MOSES TO ME WHEN YOU FIRST MET HIM. WHAT'D HE LOOK LIKE? WHAT DOES HE TALK LIKE? WHO WAS THIS PERSON YOU MET AT THAT TIME?
The first time I met Bob Moses was in uh, Louisiana I had not to Mississippi it was after the freedom ride after I had left school and then I was directing summer course activities in Louisiana. We had had a demonstration in Southern University and a group of the students had been kicked out of the school and they were living at the hotel, Lincoln Hotel in Baton Rouge. Bob Moses and some of the other SNCC people came over from Macomb to attempt to recruit some of the students to work in Mississippi on voter registration and that was my first encounter with Bob Moses. Quiet, but at the same time a very forceful person, uh with a very deep commitment uh, with a different type of a direction. At that time most of the directions that we were in were more what you consider to be direct action oriented. That is, sitting at lunch counters, marching, demonstrating, picketing, those kind of activities. And Bob's move was toward uh, getting people registered to vote and organizing people for political type of activities that were more of just a hard work kind of natural drama, dramatic kind things that, at least that's the way we saw it at that time there is. So the type Bob Moses that I met at that time was that type of quiet Bob Moses, forceful. That was the first time I met him and he remained the same I guess and very consistent in terms of his personality and commitments throughout the period of time that I knew him.