Interview with James L. Hicks
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

WELL JUST HOW DANGEROUS WAS IT FOR BLACKS TO COME DOWN TO THE SOUTH?

James L. Hicks:

Well, it was, of course you got, you must remember that there were blacks there all the time in the south, but it was danger because if you were gonna be a uppity nigger, as they called you down there, it was something, you were something that a, a thorn in their side and they would try to get rid of you by peaceful means, get out of town, or violent means, through the Klan or the Citizens', a, Clubs that they have down there that, you would a, become discouraged if you didn't have stamina and guts. So, it was difficult, because I mean, I think that the Chaney case illustrates that, that the, you know the three fellows that disappeared in three freedom writers, one of them was black and I mean they a, found them eventually in the bayous of Mississippi.