Interview with Robert Moses
QUESTION 42
INTERVIEWER:

FEAR, PEOPLE'S FEAR WHEN THEY ATTEMPTED TO REGISTER TO VOTE. HOW DO YOU AS AN ORGANIZER, HOW DO YOU—PEOPLE PASS THAT POINT, NINETY—THAT THEY DO TAKE THAT FIRST STEP, THEY DO MOVE?

Robert Moses:

The, the problem of the organizer I think is to slow down. That is you want people to move who are not currently in motion, so the first thing you have to do is slow down and get into the motion of the people in whatever way they are moving. And then you have to move with them in ways which seem meaningful to them, right, and the second problem is patience. That is a lot of what turned out to be organizing, turned out to be patience. Waiting patiently until people were ready to move. I mean you can't force people to move, right? But just the presence of the organizer and the knowledge that the organizer is there and committing himself to something which people want to do, right, they all agreed that they do want to register to vote. Then that ongoing presence seems eventually to help as a catalyst so that people do decide to move, then in the context in which we were working then the next step is to move with them. ** That is the organizer has to be prepared to move with them, to accept whatever consequences they might face him or her self.