Interview with Lawrence Guyot
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

I'M SORRY. CAN YOU JUST TELL ME THAT THE COOPERATION BETWEEN THE ORGANIZATIONS WORKED?

Lawrence Guyot:

OK. The relationship between the individuals that made up the Council of Federation of Organizations worked because this was an individual relationship that was representative of an organizational representation. I mean it was Dave Dennis, it wasn't CORE. It was uh, C—uh… it was uh, Aaron Henry instead of the NAACP. It was Bob Moses instead of SNCC. But, but that small number of people, you didn't get into the national controversies or differences on turf, differences, differences as it relates to direct action. We were committed to that direct action. Anyone who came in with us would by definition be committed to direct action. By us I mean the, the majority of people who were doing organizing in the streets and talk—and mobilizing and that was, those of us who were committed and, and identified to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Now I think one thing that is significant about—well, later when we moved after the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, the NAACP broke with COFO. Their position was we didn't understand the difference between protest and politics. Aaron Henry disassociated himself from the NAACP, and um—from, I'm sorry, from the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. And uh, that's that simply was the way that was done.