Interview with Peter Orris
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

SO JUST GIVE ME A, AN IMPRESSION OF UM, WHO YOU WERE BEFORE YOU WENT DOWN TO MISSISSIPPI, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU WERE 17, 18, 19… AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE DECISION TO GO.

Peter Orris:

Um. Well, I grew up in New York City and uh, I was at my first year in, in uh, college and uh, I suppose I… I had been raised uh, in a family where uh, uh being Jewish uh, was important for the fact that uh, it uh, signified being part of a group that uh, had been uh, uh, subject to uh, repression for two thousand years - and the importance of being Jewish was that, and the lessons of being Jewish was uh, the identification with the underdog, and the identification with uh, people that were suffering repression and, and discrimination. Uh, so that uh, in high school in New York City, I was involved in the movement against uh, racial discrimination and uh, I continued that when I went, went to college.