Interview with Casey Hayden
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

UM, CAN YOU GIVE ME A KIND OF A SIMPLE EXPLANATION FOR SOMEONE WHO'S NEVER HEARD OF A FREEDOM VOTER, WHAT THE WHOLE STRATEGY WAS FOR GOING INTO MISSISSIPPI AT, IN '63 AND WHAT THE FREEDOM VOTE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO. WHAT WAS…

Casey Hayden:

Well, because there were, because blacks were excluded from institutions, which is what segregation was, we were creating parallel institutions, that's what that was all about, so that a freedom vote, when blacks can vote, we were running parallel votes. Uh, the freedom schools were a similar strategy which we developed later. Um, there was a lot of discussion of parallel institutions at the time for people who were excluded from regular, institutional functionings in the culture.