Interview with Arlie Schardt

Were you startled by it? Did it affect you?


I wasn't startled by it because I had heard Stokely talking for several days by this time, ah, along the same line. There were talks as we walked along the highway. He made, ah, he made brief little, ah, talks even to the Chief of Police in, in Greenwood, he, we went around during the day and, ah, he made calls on a number of, of offices then, where there were officials that he knew well and told them that it was a new day and that, ah, they were, and that Negroes, at that time Black, the word Black was just beginning to be used, but, ah, that Negroes were, were tired of waiting and that they were going to gain their rights on their own. Later that day of course Stokely was arrested because, ah, he had been told and the march had been told, ah, that they could not set up their tents in a, ah, in a school ground where they had planned to set up the tents. And Stokely and others began setting up the tents anyway and Stokely was arrested and taken off to jail, ah, but he was out on bail by the end of the day in time for the rally.