Interview with Cleveland Sellers
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

Stokely got elected. There is a new direction of SNCC. Can you describe it to us?

CLEVELAND SELLERS:

Well, the new direction of SNCC is predicated--



INTERVIEWER:

Full sentence, the new direction of SNCC, it's Stokely's direction.

CLEVELAND SELLERS:

The new direction of SNCC with Stokely's direction was built on several ideas. The first was, was that the Civil Rights Movement and our efforts in that would have to change and we'd have to be moving toward a human rights struggle where we talked about incorporating people outside of the United States and outside of the South. And the other thing was was that, ah, we talked about the importance of Black folk becoming involved in the political process that in fact empowered them and that we had gone through a period where we had to appealed to the moral consciousness of America and we had not been able to, to deal with the question of power relationships. The new direction of SNCC said that we had to talk about empowering Black people and that's the, the, where the thrust of the movement is. We see things happening again in urban areas, in, in, Watts and in, in Harlem where there are indications that there is frustration and unrest there also.