Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

NOW PRIOR, BETWEEN 63 AND 65, PRIOR TO 65, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE, WHAT WAS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOING OR NOT DOING TO ADDRESS VOTER REGISTRATION FOR BLACKS UM, IN DALLAS COUNTY, IN ALABAMA, LETS PUT IT THAT WAY?

James Forman:

Well, in Alabama the Federal Government didn't have any program hardly at all in terms of voter registration. Unlike say, like in Mississippi, where there was some attention of the Federal Government to voter registration programs. And when we went into uh, Selma, Alabama um, we didn't uh uh hardly have any uh, um, backup support but we you know that support began to uh come more after two or three years of work, and that we had a tremendous struggle with the Federal Government uh, especially with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about protection of people who were attempting to register to vote.