Interview with Charles Diggs
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

YOU UH MENTIONED WHEN WE WERE TALKING, CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT THOSE BLACK COMMUNITIES WERE LIKE IN MISSISSIPPI, YOU WERE SAYING THAT THEY WERE IN A SENSE READY FOR LEADERSHIP BUT THAT THERE WAS NO LEADERSHIP THERE.

Charles Diggs:

Well, they certainly were ready for leadership and er the leadership potentialities er were there, in Mound Bayou um but among independent kind of er potentials er that the reason that er er my Doctor Hosts was so effective uh in the State of Mississippi was the fact that er he was independent of system. He er ah he his earnings through being a medical doctor were sufficient er to er keep him from being dependent on the local economy, and uh, the same is true for certain other kinds of people, like the black morticians, er er anyone who er who er whose who was not dependent on that economy and Mound Bayou was an all-Black community and therefore, that helped uh to er undergird uhh the kind of independence that w that was necessary because so many people were dependent upon the system uh that they were compromised er in terms of er of seeking relief er from the er the the kinds of uh uh the lack of citizenship rights that uh that the average Blacks had in that area.