Interview with Peter Orris
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT COMPREHENSION DO YOU HAVE OF, OF LOCAL BLACK MISSISSIPIANS, WHEN YOU WENT DOOR TO DOOR, WHAT KIND OF RESPONSES… NOT JUST TO THE VOTER REGISTRATION, OR TO ONE SPECIFIC THING OR ANOTHER, BUT IN GENERAL?

Peter Orris:

Well, we would, as I said… those of us who were going to the southwest area decided, uh… those of us who were going to the southwest area were uh, assigned to Holmes County after the disappearance of the three workers uh, because uh, of the fears for massive uh, violence in the southwest area, and we worked on voter registration in Holmes County, which meant that we would go to peoples' houses um, that we knew were eligible to vote but uh, were not registered. And we would uh, sit and talk with people about uh, registration, about what the process involved was, about what kind of support we could give them, because there was a great deal of fear um, as uh, uh, many of these people uh, knew they had a right to vote, but were intimidated and prevented from voting uh, by the local power structure - the sheriff, the police, the judges and others. Uh so we spent a good deal of time talking with people about that - urging them to come to mass meetings…