Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 75
INTERVIEWER:

RIGHT. O.K. UM, THE QUESTTON IS: HOW DID SNCC START TO EVOLVE FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW AS A LEADER AND UH, SCLC, UH, HOW DID SNCC BEGIN TO DEVELOP AND WHEN? HOW DID THAT WORK?

C. T. Vivian:

Uh, students were an important force in the early movement, in fact, it was made up basically of those people who were not depended upon uh, white uh, economic structures—black ministers and black students, right? Um, now the students saw themselves as a very powerful force, the mass that was necessary, and they were. Uh, often time, they wanted to move in ways that we sort of modified because uh, we felt the necessity of the overall movement moving, uh, uh, some students felt a little difficult about, uh, constrained by that. But that wasn't largely in Nashville, that was lar-