Interview with Casey Hayden


Casey Hayden:

OK, the volunteers, um, the volunteers had wanted to come down. I'd had a lot of contact with northern students previous to my work in Mississippi ‘cause I'd been doing fundraising for SNCC out of Atlanta in what was called Northern Coordinators so I handled all the correspondence with northern college students that came out of the office. And they all wanted to come to where they action was, you know. I mean, what was happening in the South was so dramatic and heroic, I mean you got to remember this was like early sixties we were still coming out of, uh, kids on college campus were reading the existentialists, you know, and these, the black students were like heroes, they were like existentialist heroes and people wanted to get close to this. It was exciting, and it was very beautiful, it was beautiful, it was happening, it was beautiful. And uh, it drew white intellectuals, it was real, it was more real or more profound than uh, most anything else happening and they wanted to get close to it. So I didn't feel particularly responsible for them. I mean I felt privileged to be there and they should feel privileged too that they can get into it, you know.