Interview with John Jackson

But what did people talk about?


Well people would, ah, say, "Well if I get kicked off my place, I just, we just have to find me a place to go." They were talking about what they were going to do if certain things should happen. "If they come up here, we're just going to have to defend ourselves." "I'm not afraid of the White man no more." And that make you feel good, you know. Ah, they were saying all kinds of things, so they were talking about, ah, ah, what had happened in Selma, ah, on Bloody Sunday. And how the March was successful and they had the National Guard to protect us. You think we can get them to protect us if something should happen. All kinds of things were running through our mind. And, and I think I--one old lady, Ms. Mary Jane Jackson, would always say, "I got my guns, and boys we ain't gonna let them bother y'all." And the Civil Rights workers were risking their lives, so they made them all kind of, get a ray of hope that, that something was going to happen. People started thinking something was really going to happen.