Interview with James Farmer
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, WHEN YOU BEGAN THE RIDES, WERE YOU ANTICIPATING VIOLENCE?

James Farmer:

When we began the ride, we had been told by social scientists and by activists in the South that we could anticipate violence. We might even face death. We were told that the racists, the segregationists, would go to any extent to hold the line on the segregation in interstate travel. So when we began the ride, I think all of us were prepared for as much violence as could be thrown at us. And we were prepared for the possibility of death.