Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 46
INTERVIEWER:

I'M TALKING ABOUT THE EARLY SIXTIES WHEN I ASK YOU THIS QUESTION, THE IMPACT THAT IT HAD, YOU KNOW, LOOKING ACROSS THE WATER AND SEEING PEOPLE GAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE AND …

James Forman:

Well, I think that that had an impact. I mean that the uh uh um, some of the uh, conception of the uh student movement uh on the right to vote campaign came as a result of… of examining what many of the African leaders did in their efforts to build a mass movement to build popular support for independent struggles in their countries especially the uh positive nonviolent action campaign of Nkrumah which was very instrumental in attempting, uh, in helping Ghana to win its independence. So that the African liberations movement you know had, had a tremendous impact, there's no question about it. But I still maintain though that that the… that the degree of influence which is possible for African countries to have on the world situation is not being utilized. Africa is the richest continent in the world and that the, the, the, its leadership is not fighting, you know, sufficiently hard enough for, for, for black people throughout the world and even in South Africa.