Interview with John Jackson

All right, it was right after that march that some people from SNCC started coming in here and helping out and helping out in the county, if you can describe what that was like.


People were kind of, standing, watching, and, ah, discussing what we could do now. The March had went through, people had a ray of hope, and Civil Right workers came in. We were afraid of them, some people wouldn't talk with them. I was a student, of course, in school, and, ah, they would come to the schools to see what was happening in the educational level. To begin to talk to students, and I had an opportunity to meet some. And I got kind of excited, they were risking their lives coming in, and I wanted to know what I could do. And we began to discuss some things that we could do as students, and I found out that they were students. From the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. So I got a little courage, and I got involved with them, and began to meet with them, to, to see what we could do as students. And began to talk to older people that I knew. My parents, my father, got actively involved right after we began to talk to them, and they began to visit homes throughout the community. And folk, ah, I believe some of our leaders were ready for some type of leadership to come in to give them encouragement to take a stand.