Interview with James Figgs

Now some people might look back on Resurrection City, I mean for a lot of people they must think it didn't work out very well. But you said it had a good start. I mean what happened, how come?


Well I, I think it had a good start because, ah, the intent purpose of, of us going there was to tell Congress, tell the Senate, and tell the elected peoples in the, in the highest office in the House and the United States that, ah, the check that King talked about and all this it still needed to be drawn on. And we were still suffering. That's what those us from Marks, Mississippi were there for. And somewhere in Resurrection City, ah, that message, ah, just wasn't carried out to the end. As I look from the hindsight, it might have been the communication between the various group leaders and the team leaders, could have been a breakdown there, too much time, down time between there. And we began to scatter somewhat, ah, ah, we would go from the Tent City to down in, in the city, in the city loitering around and what have, you know, really then, we were supposed to stay in the Tent City. Our purpose there was to, to give to those elected officials our concerns. And of course, ah, and at the end with all the rain and mud and the policemens, ah, being discharged on us and we sort of scattered ourselves. And, ah, but the purpose on which we went I think, ah, was accomplished as to, ah, how long we should have stayed, I still question that. Ah, maybe we should have went in and, and, and did our testimonies and demonstrations and got out of there. And maybe we might have stayed too long, I'm not sure, because that'll never be known. But our purpose for going there, the exposure of the conditions of poor people up front to those who vote on legislation dealing with the livelihoods of peoples in this country, ah, I think we made, ah, made our presence known.