Interview with Dr. Robert Ellis
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

THE ONLY OTHER THING I COULD THINK OF TO ASK YOU IS JUDGE WISDOM CALLED HIM, IN HIS DECISION, IT WAS A VERY MEMORABLE PHRASE, HE CALLED MEREDITH, "A MAN WITH A MISSION." I, I WONDERED IF, DID HE SEEM DETERMINED TO YOU IN THAT WAY?

Dr. Robert Ellis:

Yes, I, I, I think so. I think Meredith uh, had a, a compelling need to do something about uh, the racial controversy. I think uh, this showed up in the reports from his service in the air force. And uh, I think it showed up uh, in the courtroom. And I, I think it showed up in subsequent uh, acts that he was involved in, the, the famous march down Highway 51 later. Uh, to me uh, just demonstrates this, this compelling need, and I, I think it's more than just a matter of the publicity that he garnered from it. I, I really think the man had an honest, uh, compulsive need to do something about, something that he saw as wrong.