Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 48
INTERVIEWER:

I ASKED THAT QUESTION BECAUSE WE ASKED THAT OF ANDY YOUNG AND HE SAID HE WAS THE YOUNG PERSON, YOU KNOW MORE LIKE THE AGES OF THE STUDENT NONVIOLENT COORDINATING COMMITTEE AND OFTEN HE FELT IN THE MIDDLE BECAUSE HE WAS PULLED BY THAT, YOU KNOW THAT AGE DIFFERENCE MADE AN, MADE AN IMPACT ON HIM AND I JUST WONDERED IF IT IMPACTED YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE?

James Forman:

No, I was, no I was committed to the development of a southern student movement among black youth. And that I, when I was recruited to work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, I was in the process of attempting to organize such a movement. And people in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee knew of my plans and asked me to join them you know rather than attempting to develop you know another student movement. They felt that they were a vehicle by which I could utilize my energy and that I should come to work with them you know as the, uh, as the people who would build a southern black student youth movement. And I agreed to do that. Um, and that you know I worked unconsc—not, I mean I worked unreservedly. I think that the difference is, is that I had already given my life, when I came with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee you know to the movement. And some people may have given only up a year or two years, and that that might be a, one difference.