Interview with Hollis Watkins
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

OK, THANKS. OK, UM, LET'S CUT FOR A SECOND OK, TALK TO ME ABOUT SNCC AND ABOUT THE SNCC COMING INTO THE STATE AND THEIR, THEIR RECOGNITION OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING.

Hollis Watkins:

As SNCC came into Mississippi and began to work on projects I don't think the members of SNCC themselves really realized the major role that they would be playing in society and the impact that it would have upon this country. I think they saw it as a few things needed to be changed and they were willing and determined to work to bring about that change. And as the local Mississippi nineteen year old young man, I was willing to help bring about that change and I think the elderly people in Mississippi who had been wanting but for fear of uh, being killed, for fear of their homes being burned and not being able to send their children to school was afraid to do anything but felt good about seeing young people out there doing things that they could support, therefore they could kind of pass the buck and say well, it's them, you know how young people are, they just went ahead and supported them and didn't ostrasize and I think that's how things were seen or looked at, you know at that time.