Interview with Casey Hayden


Casey Hayden:

Well I think that uh, in terms of the impact on the country as a whole from the summer, the peop—the kids that were down, and they were kids then, they were college kids, uh, went back radicalized. They had seen something that whites in those numbers had never seen before, which was the internal black community of the South. And that had never happened before. And the implication of that in terms of their worldview was that they never quite saw it again strictly from the superior point of view, that is the point of view of the people on top, cause they had a glimpse of what it was like from underneath. So um, it had wide effects for uh, well people went into labor organizing from there and into uh, you know I think a number of people changed their vocational direction, uh, people learned to think in new ways about themselves, um, I mean and a lot of the roots of the feminist movement are in that summer and in subsequent, you know, developments out of the summer. Um, there was a lot of strategic thinking going on which volunteers, in terms of long range social change which volunteers got to lesser or greater degrees, depending on where they were and who they were around, what black organizers they were working with on a day to day basis. Um, I don't know about the immediate change in the state. It was pretty, uh, well a lot of groundwork was laid for future black organizations in the, uh, a lot of political organizations in the black community, a lot of groundwork was laid by all that energy.