Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 55
INTERVIEWER:

WELL THE FACT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER SEEMINGLY IN SUPPORT OF THIS CIVIL RIGHTS, UH, MOVEMENT. HOW, WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE OF PEOPLE IN THE STATE WHO WERE AGAINST THAT MOVEMENT?

William Simmons:

Uh, demonstrations in support of civil rights movement had very little effect here because most people felt that they were organized demonstrations. They were not spontaneous outpourings. And then later uh, as, as, the long hot summers began with the rioting in, in Watts, Chicago, Cleveland, Rochester, New York City, uh, wherever, uh, that the feeling began to, to be well, why, why, why are these people coming to Mississippi to try to change things when their own back yard is blowing up?