Interview with Marian Wright Edelman

OK, Mississippi had, had problems. In Mississippi what was left behind after everyone left in the summer of '64?


Well in Mississippi what was left behind were those extraordinary poor Blacks and Whites, ah, but extraordinary poor Blacks who had, ah, done such, ah, heroic things to tear down the wall of legal segregation, ah, during those hot months of the summer of '64 and before and afterwards. But they were left without a means there. They were left without enough food to eat. They were left without decent places to stay. They were left without the means to walk through the doors that had been opened by the extraordinary struggles in the courts and in the, the national legislature, in the congress, ah, and by our lawsuits and by our volunteer lawyers and by our White students from outside and the real question that was left in 1965 was how would they live, how would they eat, how would their children be fed and clothed, how would they be able to take advantage of the very narrow openings in the door of legal segregation.