Interview with Hollis Watkins
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

OK, UM, THE SUMMER PROJECT. THE DECISION TO BRING ALL THESE STUDENTS INTO THE STATE. WHAT WAS THE DEBATE AROUND THAT, AND, AND UM, TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT DEBATE AND WHAT IT WAS BASED ON.

Hollis Watkins:

The summer project to bring all of the students down into Mississippi was a tough issue that we were all facing. Some felt that it would bring about more publicity to get more whites involved that it would further serve as a deterrent uh, event to keep the whites in Mississippi from doing things. There were other of us from Mississippi especially that was looking at this effort in terms of a long range project. We felt that even though it would do this, but ultimately it would destroy the grassroots organizations that we had built and were in the process of building. In, in the long run we felt that it would be more detrimental to the project than it would be helpful. So this was the basis of the two different debates, ultimately the, the side won to bring ‘em in because there was more for that side. People came in and those of us that were on the other opposing side, we went along with the project because we were part of the organization and felt that that was the thing to do.