Interview with Casey Hayden
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OK, UM, WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO MISSISSIPPI IN '63 AND WHY, WHY DID YOU FEEL IT WAS IMPORTANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THAT WHOLE EXPERIENCE OF GOING INTO MISSISSIPPI AS OPPOSED TO ALBANY AND SOME OF THE OTHER PLACES THE MOVEMENT…

Casey Hayden:

I went to Mississippi in '63 to work on a literacy project. We were trying to develop a self-instructional method for adult illiterates to learn to read. Bob had gotten a grant, Bob Moses had gotten a grant for the project. There were six of us on it, I was the only white, I was the first white woman to come into Mississippi as a part of the SNCC group. I was sort of privileged I guess, I guess I felt privileged to be asked to do that, and I wanted to do it. And uh, I'd been working in the SNCC office in Atlanta I wanted to be in the field, I wanted to be out where it was happening. Um, and I wanted to work with Bob. I wanted to work, we were close and I wanted to work with him.