CAN YOU TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE WITNESSES, UH, MAMIE BRADLEY AND WILLY REED AND, AND MOSE WRIGHT, THE, THE GRANDFATHER? WHAT GAVE THEM THE COUR… WHAT, WHAT GAVE THEM THE COURAGE TO DO THAT?
When we got to the trial at Sumner, Mississippi, the courthouse was full and we did not hear a single witness testify. I think that was deliberately planned that way because uh, there weren't any seats for blacks in the courthouse and the white people, more or less, occupied the whole building. So we could not say truthfully, that we heard a testimony from a black person in the sitting of the court nor a white person in the sitting of the court. Uh we, we never did uh, hear that. We were there but we couldn't even go upstairs because we couldn't stand and there were no seats to sit in.