Interview with Floyd McKissick

Mr. McKissick are you going to make your comment about self-defense and non-violence.


I think the Meredith march, as I said, was, was made up of all kinds of people. This was the first time, I think on any march that I've been on, where you had people, pacifists, you had, ah, you had, ah, all religions represented. We, we were in all churches. You had people who believed in, in self defense. You had people who believed in non-violence and you had people who were, who philosophically believed in non violence but believed in violence. And I think the entire mode or mood that the march wanted to carry to the public was that, and the organizations wanted to carry out, was that the march itself was a non violent march. But we, in reality, knew what was on the march. It's just the same as if I were, I, I've been in the Army and I was in the Army four years. And I carried weapons. On this march I carried no weapons and I did not, and I believed in non-violence. But I knew what was on that march.


Okay, let's stop down there.