Interview with Bob Mants
QUESTION 8
CARROLL BLUE:

So we were talking then about the Alabama Poor People's Land Fund. How did that come about?

BOB MANTS:

Well it really came about as a result of some people in SNCC.

CARROLL BLUE:

I want you to tell me what came about, not just it.

BOB MANTS:

The Alabama Poor People's Land Fund came about as a result of, ah, some people in, with SNCC, especially here in Lowndes County, and some other places in Alabama recognizing the need for people to own land as a, as a source of their independence. People, ah, the people who had been put off, off the land for that participation and voter registration were the people who did not own the land, didn't have a place to go. The Alabama Poor People's Land Fund came about as a result of ah Tim O'Harris, ah, ah, Stokely Carmichael and myself putting together and raising monies to be able to buy land and were virtually given and hold that land in perpetuity. For people who had been, ah, displaced because of that, ah, ah, voter registration for that participation in voter registration. Ah, we understand, understood very clearly the relationship of the politics to the economics and how land played an important part in that.