Interview with Rev. James Lawson
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE STUDENT MOVEMENT OR, ACTUALLY ABOUT THE FORMATION OF SNCC SPECIFICALLY? IN WHAT WAY AND WHY DID STUDENTS BECOME THE DRIVING FORCE OF THE MOVEMENT OF THAT PERIOD, SAY EARLY SIXTIES?

Rev. James Lawson:

Well, because in some ways, students were freer than anybody else in the black community. That's why. They were young. They had campus responsibilities, but for the most part, they were people whose families were supporting them more or less in one fashion or another, or supporting themselves by scholarship and working. So like the pastor of the church, of the black church, they were, in many ways, among the freest people in the community so far as being able to take risks and not having to worry about the future in that sense.