Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 39
INTERVIEWER:

WHY DON'T YOU START FROM THE BEGINNING THEN?

James Forman:

OK, all right. All right, ok. Ok, Viola Liuzzo was killed in Lowndes County. So we held a meeting to decide what would be our response, and we decided to open up a project in Lowndes county, um, a voting rights project where people had never, you know a lot of people had you know, well most of the people, an overwhelming majority of the people were not permitted to vote, and that Stokely Carmichael would be the project director and that we would try to give the project in Lowndes county as much support as we could and this was our response to the murder of Viola Liuzzo which was consistent to our pattern and that we felt that in these situations where somebody was killed that we should respond with more and more people to let the segregationists know that we were not going to be frightened away. And as a result of that project, the uh, uh symbol of the Panther developed and that developed because we formed an independent political organization in Lowndes county called the uh, uh I forget the exact title right now, a Lowndes county freedom organization.