Interview with James L. Hicks
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY THE FIRST THING I WANTED TO ASK YOU WAS, YOU WERE A VETERAN IN WORLD WAR II AND YOU TOLD US WHEN YOU CAME BACK THAT THE BLACK VETS FELT A LOT LIKE THE VIETNAM VETS, THEY HAD SOME DEEP FEELINGS BUT THEY DIDN'T REALLY EXPRESS THEM. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT AND CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE INFLUENCE THAT RETURNING BLACK VETERANS HAD ON THE COMMUNITY AFTER WORLD WAR II?

James L. Hicks:

Well, I think that to begin with the veterans of World War II, when they returned they had their a, that is the black veterans, that they were really an influence and so much so that they were activists and they had been trained and of course when they said no more of this Jim Crow or what have you, the people picked it up, that is the black people and they I think that they set the tone for what came later with King and the rest of us. That is following King, he knew that he had some truth.