Interview with Casey Hayden


Casey Hayden:

It was all a lot of fun. I mean we were all out there doing whatever we thought up to do, you know. I mean, we were like totally self-directed people. Very few people have that experience, you know, people were giving us money to be out there, and that's where we were. It was great. Uh, we didn't have very much, but everything we had was shared, uh, and we were, you know it was patience, I think I said this to you earlier, it was patience and spirituality were the long suits of the southern black community. And uh, we picked up on those and learned to be like that so that uh, we'd have these massive staff meeting that would last for days and days, you know. And we'd sit around giving each other complete attention to these inane things that we'd come up with about what we should all do next or what was gonna happen in the culture or political theory just anything and we all had each other's complete attention. And, um, it was just uh, it was great, I mean it was great. There was a lot of love, you know, and a lot of fun, and we, we did a lot of partying and a lot of singing and we had access to uh, you know those little black rural church meetings were probably about the highest thing happening on the continent. And uh, there we were. I mean these people were marching, uh, the energy that sent them marching was from somewhere else. And in a way, I think black power was tapping into that, I mean people wanted to know where that came from, I mean where did, you know, particularly I think black northern intellectuals wanted, wanted that, and it came from Africa. It came from somewhere else, and um, that was part of it, that was part of the black power thing came out of that I think. It was all a lot of fun we had great times. I remember driving—-you know, we used to—-driving from Atlanta, we used to do a lot of back and forth, Atlanta to Jackson and with, either the blacks or the whites had to be under the blankets in the back seat of the car, you know on the floor, and uh, whenever we'd stop for gas and it was like, it was f—it was like a party to us, you know it was funny to us.