Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 8
INTERVIEWER:

WHY DID SNCC GO TO SELMA IN 1963?

James Forman:

We went to Selma in 1963 because Selma, working in Selma, uh, which is the capital of, of, uh Lowndes county, I mean um, um, Dallas county, was a part of our original plan to work in the black belt areas of the deep South. We had decided that voter registration in the rural black belt counties was very important because of the enormous amount of power that the counties had in the, in, in politics in the United States. And we were working in Albany, Georgia and we opened up a base in Selma, Alabama.