GIVE ME JUST A FEW SENTENCES ON SOME OF… HOW YOU FELT WHEN YOU FIRST UH, MET SOME OF THE LEADERS OF SNCC. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THEM AS A GROUP?
I had first met some of the leadership of SNCC in 1963 uh, at the national office for the march on Washington for jobs and freedom and I found them to be some of the most impressive uh, people, than I had ever met. Um, these were people that uh, had strong beliefs, had strong beliefs about uh, the importance of equality, about the importance of confronting hate uh, the importance of enfranchising the disenfranchised, all of the ideals that our country uh, was uh, founded on uh, and were placing their bodies on the line and risking uh, violence if not death uh, for their beliefs, and were doing it time and time and time again. And responding in… to the kinds of violence that they were facing uh, in a nonviolent manner, in a manner that was resolute uh, but that was not uh, one of hatred or uh… eh, good enough.