Interview with Charles Diggs
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

OK, UM, CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE UH SPEAKING TOUR ENGAGEMENT THAT YOU WENT ON SPONSORED BY THE NAACP AND THE SIZE OF THE CROWDS AND THE IMPACT THAT YOU THINK THIS HAD ON SPREADING THE STORY?

Charles Diggs:

Well, following the Till Trial, the er National Association for the Advancement of Colored People er NAACP ere r had been impacted too by their membership er and their leadership around the country and they wanted to schedule me uh, in er for speaking engagements er in in various communities er and uh I agreed to do this and er proceeded to er er carry out these engagements er in the several states of the union, both north and south. Er all of these rallies were overflowed um by er by the by spectators and uh well publicized by the media and obviously had uh a special impact er to hear first hand from somebody who had been at the trial er about the er the dimensions of the, er, injustice of the Mississippi, er, and southern er, er judicial system er that I, that I described er very vividly.