LET ME ASK YOU, DID YOU HAVE ANYTHING BEFORE, ANY NETWORK OF PEOPLE BEFORE BOB CAME DOWN, IN MISSISSIPPI, ANY ORGANIZATION?
I was vice president of the state conference of NAACP branches. I had worked with Aaron Henry. I was, I did everything I knew how, and—I put it that way. I was always mindful of the fact that I might think too highly of myself because I was in that position, and I tried to make it appear that whatever I reported, it was a known fact. That's about the size of it. And I think we could have moved a little faster. See, I tell you what SNCC taught us. Now every time, every, I guess it might have been every time we moved we had to move according to law. This is how SNCC [sic] operated and I guess they were afraid they might get into trouble if they didn't. And they kept us in, in that channel. Unless we were advised to do certain things, we didn't do it. But when SNCC came, it didn't seem to matter what these white people thought. When SNCC moved, SNCC moved in SNCC's way. And I seen these little fellows with the rare type blue jeans and walking out front, leading people. Sometimes they put all nine or ten leaders of SNCC in jail. It didn't seem to bother them. I think that's the only reason why we got any, any form of freedom. That's the way I feel.