Interview with Floyd McKissick

Okay give us your impression.


It was, ah, it was quite odd that when we, each town that we went in, we would tell the people that we were there to help them, that we didn't have any money and the march was not funded, not like the other marches. And we would tell them where we would go to the next night. Like we are going to be in Itta Benna, Mississippi and that when we got there we heard that two blues singers were down there and we wanted to see them and everybody could eat fried chicken and beans and somehow or another when we got to Itta Benna, everything was organized without our having to put out any money. And one of the strangest things about this which made it a common denominator march was the fact that we had little children marching with us, children who left school who saw the importance of the march, children who were inspired by the march, who sought souvenirs to meet persons on the march and children who were told what voting meant. The Freedom Schools in Mississippi had paid off and as we marched through Mississippi, ah, no one was, ah, it would be surprising how many would meet us in the middle of the day with food. It was easy to find a drink of, ah, lemonade along the route and yet we had never asked for the lemonade, we had never asked for these things. And whenever we got to a church, the night before, was 24 hours notice, yet we were marching through the most poverty stricken regions of the nation.


Alright. Thank you very much. Very nice.