Interview with John Lewis
QUESTION 17
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Stokely, of course in speaking Black Power on that march, on the Meredith March, how did you feel about that?

JOHN LEWIS:

Well, I never, during the Meredith March, ah, that was the turning point for me. I continued to be a part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Ah, but the preaching, the chanting of slogans, ah, was never something that, ah, was easy for me to become part of. Because I felt during the Meredith March, ah, some of those in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, used the March to get the message, ah, get the words, to get the slogan of Black power across. It was empty rhetoric, it was not a message, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee had a rich history of being involved in programmatic efforts and not just the use of slogans. It was at that point during that march, ah, that I made a decision to leave the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee**.

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

OK.