Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

SO IT WASN'T JAMES MEREDITH SO MUCH AS A… A CHANGE THAT WAS THE PROBLEM?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Yes, I, I think the people in the South were confronted with a [cough] a radical change, uh, which was brought to a climax by these few individuals that uh, uh [cough] attempted to break down the, the, the mores, or the customs of, of people in the South, or white people in the South at least. I think uh, it's very probable that even the representatives from the NAACP would probably admit that James Meredith was not the perfect candidate for breaking the admission uh, policy, if it was a policy, but he was the best they could get at that time. It took a lot of courage for anybody to, to buck the system.