Interview with Rev. Frederick Reese
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, VOTING, OR THE WHOLE QUESTION OF THE REGISTRARS AND THE OPENING AND THE REST OF THAT AND REGISTERING TO VOTE WAS REALLY NOT A CITY ISSUE, IN OTHER WORDS, IT WAS A STATE ISSUE SO WHY PROTEST LOCALLY?

Rev. Frederick Reese:

It was a local commitment. All that we were aware that uh, that there were many people in many counties, in this state, and in the South who had been denied the right to vote. But because of a local commitment and we wanted in Dallas County to address the issue of the right to vote on a local level with state and national implications. To start here, then because of that, uh, we enlisted uh, the others to come and share in uh our desire to get that right to vote. And we uh, invited uh, other persons to come in and speak at mass meetings uh, from out of town, and different places uh, and other states. Uh, officials from the various civil rights organizations came in to speak. To try and give uh, motivation to the people to want us to persist and not give up until something really happened to gain that right to vote.