Interview with Charles Diggs
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OK, UM, FIRST QUESTION I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT IS UH THE VOTER REGISTRATION RALLY AT MOUND BAYOU IN 1955. THAT OCCURRED ON, NOT TOO FAR FROM MONEY THAT SUMMER AND UM, I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU CAN TELL ME ABOUT THE RALLY AND ALSO YOUR IMPRESSIONS ABOUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN MISSISSIPPI AT THE TIME.

Charles Diggs:

Well, the uh State of Mississippi has a very special significance er to the Diggs Family because that's where my father came from, my grandfather a minister and so on, and adding to the fact that I was the first Black to be elected er to Congress in er many years and er the first from Michigan, the invitation to come to Mound Bayou, Mississippi, er, for this er customary rally that they had involving voter registration was very significant er to me and it was the first major uh speech that I made after having been elected er to the Congress of the United States.