Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 45
INTERVIEWER:

I'M SORRY, I'M SORRY WHY DON'T YOU START AGAIN. CLEAR YOUR THROAT AND START AGAIN.

John Doar:

Yeah in '62 while the Meredith case was going on, and while Meredith in that first year in the university, there was uh, continued efforts by the SNCC kids to register voters and they had moved up into the Delta and they had uh, uh, settled, pretty much in the headquarters at Greenwood. And Greenwood was a tough place, a really tough place. And uh, they started to have demonstrations there at the courthouse and uh, in, in Greenwood and uh, people got, kids got arrested, people got arrested and we brought suits against the county officials, and the state officials and we were in court on these uh, cases of intimidation. And at the same time we were trying to get more registrars to open up the rolls. And it was, we were battling, we weren't making any significant progress but we had a lot of presence in Mississippi. But as far as the kids were concerned, we weren't getting anywhere and so that they were searching around for more ways or different ways to bring about, to correct this terrible situation. And as I recall it, the demonstrations started to pick up again, and, and uh… you know, we at the same time were in that period Birmingham was going on, so that, confrontation became more of a tactic than reg—efforts to register, that kind of confrontation. Uh, I can't, I can't recall right now just specifically what it was like in Jackson just before Medgar Evers' death, or where I was at that particular period.