Interview with Charles Diggs


Charles Diggs:

Well, it er um um we went to war to er er preserve to save to expand democracy and if we couldn't er come out of that kind of experience and not fight for it ourselves here in the United States Well, I uh went to war uh to uh help save and preserve democracy er and to expand it and so um to have had that kind of experience and and and and come out of the army into civilian life and not er continue the fight for democracy would would have uh been inconsistent uh and so that that certainly was a uh very important uh uh motivation in uh in uh the kind of activism that uh I was engaged in, regarding the Civil Rights Movement er in and out of Congress later on. I think that the uh after the war in the fifties and in the first part of the sixties our main thrust there was to raise the consciousness of uh of Americans, Black and White, uh about this whole question of segregation and discrimination and in inequities uh uh politically economically uh socially and uh and then once raising their their level of consciousness and concern then beginning to move into er er legislative er corrections er principally at the national level, and also to um impact upon um the policy of our national administrations er uh under Eisenhower and er um and his successors.