Interview with Robert Moses
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

YOU KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT THAT WAS THE WHOLE REASON WHY STUDENTS WERE BROUGHT THERE, THIS IS WHAT, ___ LEADERSHIP AND WANTED TO HAVE IT AT THAT TIME, HOW …

Robert Moses:

Well, I mean the question, the real question was how was it, that a handful of black students that nobody knew was able to actually command the respect of a thousand white students and for them these white students to agree to come down under those conditions where they were actually in threat of losing their lives. And I think the only answer is that that we had gone through the same thing. There wasn't one of our people who had not worked under conditions in which we were threatened to be killed. And so we weren't asking them to do something that we ourselves weren't willing to do. We weren't asking them, we weren't sending them someplace that we ourselves were not willing to go. We were asking them to come where we were and experience the conditions as we experienced them. And if they were willing to do that, fine and if they weren't willing to do that there was nothing to get, you know to make them go. There was no pressure that we had to make anybody go. So that was the real question I think, it was an example that was set before children, students that they responded to.