Interview with Ivanhoe Donaldson
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

YES, YOU WHAT WERE YOU DOING DURING THE 1962—DRIVING FOOD TO MISSISSIPPI? WHAT WAS THE SITUATION DOWN THERE?

Ivanhoe Donaldson:

Well in the early sixties there was a, a lot of move, there was a major move by major plantation owners in the delta area of the state to displace, to remove, to discourage activities by blacks who were trying to register to vote and one of the ways in which they created antagonisms or was to go to people's livelihoods, the sharecroppers and tenant farmers who worked in the cotton plantations in Mississippi and so they moved them off the plantation which took away their ability to survive and in the, in that process, SNCC put out a call to try and get people to raise food and a guy named Ben Taylor and myself raised food in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan and East Lansing and we had a major project in Louisville, Kentucky, at the time, SNCC did and SCEF. And we went there and used it as a base and we got major truckloads of food and we drove it down to Clarksville, Mississippi, in Coahoma county where Aaron Henry, who is the head of the ah,NAACP in Mississippi had his base in a drugstore. Everyone called him Doc Henry but he was a pharmacist and Doc was the statewide coordinator and Coahoma was a major disbursing point for food–meet people's needs.