Interview with Dave Dennis
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

AND WHAT WERE THE, WHAT WERE THE DANGERS OF SAY A PERSON TO TRY TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR TO TRY AND SIT AT ONE OF THESE RESTAURANTS, WHAT WAS, HOW DID THAT, HOW WAS THAT MAINTAINED?

Dave Dennis:

That was main—the person who attempted to crack the barrier and I mean by sitting at the lunch counters to eat or by using a restroom that was considered to be white only or by registering to vote, met with all kinds of violence or oppression from the police department and the whites in general. That is that they would be beaten, uh you had the threat of being put in jail, and uh, harassed in terms of if you lived in that community is not being able to get a job, the fact is harassed on a daily basis. Or last but not least there's your life. I mean there were people who were killed just for attempting to get people to register to vote, or people who were killed or beaten very badly just because the fact is that they attempted to sit at a lunch counter and people who were actually killed because the fact is they even uh, supposedly looked at a white person, you know the wrong type of way like the Emmett Tills and stuff like that. And so therefore is that those are the kinds of things that you had to be confronted with, just in an attempt to um, let's say uh, express yourself or to participate or exercise the rights that was supposed to be given to you by the Constitution of the United States.