Interview with Robert Moses
QUESTION 39
INTERVIEWER:

. THIS IS 411. LET'S PICK IT UP WITH HELPING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THESE PEOPLE HAD NOT BEEN TO INSTITUTIONS. THAT THEY WERE SHARECROPPERS, THEY WERE…

Robert Moses:

The delegation was different in two ways: one it was black, the other it represented rural people. People who were sharecroppers. People who had not been processed in the ways in which most delegates were processed. They had not been through book learning. What they knew about was life. And they had lived it to the full and they knew about life in Mississippi and the relationship of the politics that they were trying to challenge to the lives that they lead. And they were as cognizant of that as anyone needed to be, right? And that's what we were relying on, plus the ability to speak to the truth.