Interview with Marian Wright Edelman

OK, we're on the tour. And I'm curious just operationalize for us, your, what, how were you traveling and were you stopping and starting? What were you doing?


We we were traveling up from Jackson to rural, poor, delta counties. And we went to, ah, Cleveland, Mississippi and the surrounding county and we would just go from house to house and go in and talk to the people. These were very rural, very poor people and walk through the house, talk to the inhabitants, go in the kitchen, look in the refrigerator, ask them what they ate the night before. And usually you would find awfully bare cupboards when you opened them[2][2] Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965 - 1985; Episode 204-09. And people would tell you that they had not had enough to eat the night before. I lost one, ah, when Senator Kennedy asked what they'd had for dinner the night before and they'd said, "Pork chops," but that was the only one I lost unfortunately because most of the cupboards were unbelievably bare. And there were people when he asked how they were eating would say, they had no money that they were being supported by, ah, food stamps, ah, by surplus commodities or by their neighbors, ah, and when he inquired about whether they could afford or could get food stamps, they would say no and that they had no money and no income and it was shocking but not hard to believe that there were people in America in 1967 who had no income**.