Interview with Charles Diggs
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

CAN YOU, AGAIN, CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE UH, SENSE OF THE WAY THE TRIAL WAS CONDUCTED, WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING IN THE COURTROOM?

Charles Diggs:

Well, it had a considerable impact upon me personally because it was the first time I had uh ever been in any courtroom. And when I entered the uh, the chambers, which was segregated, all of the, all of the black uh, spectators were in the back. Uh, and identified myself at the door to um, to the bailiff, uh, who took a note up to the judge um, and when the judge saw who I was, by my card, that I was a member of Congress, uh, uh, he invited me to sit with the, with the media people. Uh, as a matter of fact, that's the only, the only space that was available anyway, because uh, that little courtroom was, every seat was almost, every seat was taken except uh, uh, up there in the media, in the media gallery, which was, which was right up, right up front. And there was uh, of course a lot of buzzing, uh, when I entered the uh, the place and was placed in that uh, area. And uh, I think the judge said something about, uh, "Yeah, have that boy come on up here and sit down over here with these news reporters."**[laughter] So uh…