Interview with Floyd McKissick

Why was that necessary? To continue the march?


Our feelng was that what Meredith had done, ah, ah, exemplified the kind of, of, of thing that would be happening in the future, the right to walk on the streets by yourself, whether you were an individualist, or solo man, or whatever. You had a right to walk free and unmolested on the streets of Mississippi carrying a banner or sign. Not only in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina. We felt that it was certainly an infringement upon his rights. One, there was another feeling and that second feeling was that the time was here and now for Black people to quit being afraid. I was determined as an indivdual that there should not be dual standards of behavior, one standard for Whites and one standard for Blacks. If it meant, and we had known before, that in non-violent situations, we are the victims of violence. Right now we must go down to Mississippi and we must let people know that they cannot back up now. We now have a congress on the Hill starting the Civil Rights Act. They can't back up. They must continue to demand. And even at the risk of being hurt they would certainly have to keep on moving and that was the thrust that we had as far as CORE was concerned.