Interview with Casey Hayden


Casey Hayden:

Uh, after the summer we had a series of staff meetings, um, SNCC staff meetings, there were a lot more people around, the relationship to SNCC wasn't clear. Um, people had come in in all kinds of support roles, lawyers, doctors, um, people had come in and set up radio systems for us in the cars so we could radio to base when we were out in the field. Um, security system people were around, people were, there were just a lot of people hanging around. Some of them were on SNCC staff. There were some blacks who had stayed, new northern blacks, a lot of these people were white. Um, there were a lot of people. We brought in uh, people from other SNCC projects and the Mississippi staff, and we were all meeting together trying to figure out what to do. Um, there was a lot of, um, the black staff people who were indigenous to the area, who were sort of the backbone of the thing, really, were impacted real heavily by the summer, uh, dealing with uh, white intellectuals, young white intellectuals, who didn't know their way around and had a lot of skills that they didn't have, that is, that the staff people didn't have. Um, the Freedom Democratic Party challenge at the convention…