Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 47
INTERVIEWER:

THAT'S OUTSIDE OF OUR TIME, OUR TIME FRAME, THAT'S WHY I'M NOT DEALING WITH THAT. I WANT TO ASK YOU SORT OF AN INTERESTING QUESTION. WHICH ACTUALLY I DIDN'T KNOW UNTIL, UNTIL THIS MORNING IN THAT YOU WERE ABOUT TEN YEARS OLDER THAN MOST OF THE STUDENTS IN THE STUDENT NONVIOLENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE AND DID THAT MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE IN THE MIDDLE OFTEN OR DID IT CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE. WERE YOU OVER HERE BEING MORE MATURE THAN EVERYBODY ELSE OR, WHAT, WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? MAYBE IT HAD NO IMPACT AT ALL, I'M JUST CURIOUS.

James Forman:

Well, I mean I think it didn't have an impact, but I don't, I mean, you know Miss Baker was many years my senior. She was one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Dr. Zinn was an advisor. Um, I think that the uh uh um, that it probably you know had uh uh… you know it probably had, I mean it had an effect, I mean it had an effect which may not have necessarily been positive. I mean I may have been more conscious of that than, than, than a lot of the people who were involved you know were and I may have even let it interfere you know with my own development. I mean, not, not my own development, but my own participation because I was attempting consciously to, to try to have the projection of a student movement, but we all grow older, you know, and so, so people nowadays may not feel, I mean no one said that against me although I think you know, that, that, that, you know some people may have uh… um, used it as as as something, I'm, I'm, I'm not sure what I'm trying to say, but what I am trying to say is that I may have been too, more conscious of that than other people, I mean the fact that I was about ten years older than some of the more active people. But uh um, you know I mean it's not, it's not anything that I let interfere, you know I hope I didn't.