Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 45
INTERVIEWER:

BUT MANY PEOPLE RAISED AT THAT POINT THAT THE REASON THE STUDENTS CAME IN WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE WANTED THERE BY, BY SOME OF THESE AND THESE BLACK FAMILIES THAT TOOK THEM IN. WHAT, HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THAT?

William Simmons:

The question that some of these were taken in by black families that wanted them I think they were taken in because the black families were hospitable. I don't think that uh, the whole influx of these, who knows how many, hundreds or perhaps even thousands of students, were not invited. I cannot believe there was an organized hospitality committee that, that brought these in. The steam and the whole motivating force for the drive came from without. From within organizations: the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee uh, and CORE and others. That's what did it and I think the uh, the colored families who them in could have been sympathetic, but could very well have been simple hospitality.