Interview with John Jackson
QUESTION 19
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK, and give me that same kind of energy, and, ah, all set by me. OK, so tell me why did your father give Freedom House to the SNCC people.

JOHN JACKSON:

He decided to take a stand--

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Don't say he.

JOHN JACKSON:

OK. My father was concerned about the, s-s-survival about the Civil Rights Movement.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Start over again.

JOHN JACKSON:

My father was concerned about, ah, the civil right workers: Stokely Carmichael, Bob Mants, and those fellas who were coming in and out. They were afraid, they were being shot at, they were being chased off plantations, they were being run out of Lowndes County. And the threat was out that they were going to kill them. And ah, an ah, that`s the Ku Klux Klan, and the White racists were gonna kill the civil rights workers. Because they were coming in and stirring up "mess", that's, that's what they called it. And, ah, here we had property, the only vacant house in this area. And so I said to him, I said, "Nobody is using the house, and they--", they would waste, well, they used to come in and stay late at night and talk to some people, but they were afraid to go back to Selma. Because it was so dangerous on Highway 80. And finally one day, he said to them, "You all can stay over there, if you can, if you can make it." And finally they started moving in, and they stayed at, ah, he opened up the Freedom House for them.