Interview with Amzie Moore
QUESTION 26
ARNDT:

WHY DO YOU THINK THEY WERE DETERMINED TO DO THAT? I MEAN THEY MUST HAVE BEEN AFRAID, WERE THEY AFRAID?

Amzie Moore:

Well, to stay at home could have meant, could have meant death, and to leave could have meant death, so they had a choice - whether they'd go to the courthouse, or whether they'd stay home. Well, there was one man here named T.R.M. Howard, MD that came from Louisville, Kentucky, but who had set up in Mound Bayou 9 miles from Cleveland uh who had arranged to bring the television set into that area. And uh, people from Clarksdale, Mississippi, north Mississippi, from Cleveland, uh, from all around, had gotten together and uh, went together to Sumner. And there were so many people who went until it kind of cut the fear off you know, people weren't as afraid in large crowds as they would be if it was just two or three or four. Uh, there was an organization called the White Citizen Council, had an office at Drew, Mississippi and uh, uh, it really surprised me at the number of people who went to Drew, black, to talk to the leaders of the White Citizen Council. I think it may have given the whites the idea that these are not the same people we dealt with 30, 40 years ago. But anyway, uh…