Interview with Frank Smith (Big Black)
QUESTION 17
SAM POLLARD:

How'd you come out feeling about yourself? How did this experience transform you?

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

Well, the change now. I think, in, in my views now and how it changed me--

CAMERA CREW:

Sit up please.

SAM POLLARD:

--the experience of being Attica, made me feel.

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

Now, my experiences now, of being in Attica and, and the change that I see in myself after Attica, 1971. My manipulation, my bad manipulation, I feel is, is good. My, my, my views is different now. My values is different now. My unified thoughts in, in being is different and they're not now, you know, after Attica and during Attica that change I seen in myself. My needs is different. I, I just see a complete different in myself now, you know, my politics is different now. My collective struggling is different now and, and I think the most broad thing that I see in myself now, the unified way of looking at life after looking at the yard and looking at people of all makes and hues and color being in that yard, why the world outside, from the hierarchy all the way down to our low grass root community person can't be on a unified level as was in that yard. I would like to see that. And I work in that direction now, how we all can pull together and work together and be with each other in a unified way. And that's how I view it today and that's how I view it and, and seen the change in me up until the present time and hopefully the future that I could work in that fashion.

SAM POLLARD:

OK

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

Is that all right?


SAM POLLARD:

Rolling and speed.


SAM POLLARD:

OK, Black, Tell me how you felt after the experience in Attica.

FRANK "BIG BLACK" SMITH:

How I felt and how I feel, you know, after Attica. That feeling, I guess, you know, I'm about, you know, it's, it's really hard to explain, you know, But I feel different. I feel good about myself. You know, after experiencing it and seeing myself now. I feel good. I feel more cleaner about myself. I feel more real about myself, you know, since Attica. You know, I feel, my head, my body, everything feel different. It feels better. I put it that way.