Interview with Hollis Watkins
QUESTION 27
INTERVIEWER:

THANKS, CUT FOR ONE SECOND PLEASE. AS A… AS A PERSON FROM MISSISSIPPI AND UM, YOU'RE ENCOUNTERING ORGANIZERS FROM OUTSIDE THE STATE. UM, WAS THERE A CONCERN THAT ONE DAY THEY WOULD LEAVE, THAT YOU WOULD BE HERE ALONE CONTINUING ON? AND UM, SPEAK ABOUT, WHEN YOU SPEAK ABOUT THAT, SPEAK ABOUT IT IN TERMS OF SNCC WHO WAS THE ORGANIZATION YOU WERE CLOSEST WITH, AND THAT WHOLE IDEA OF THAT.

Hollis Watkins:

Being from Mississippi and expecting and hoping to make it your home permanently, naturally you're concerned about organizers that come from out of the state, because you know for the most part, the greatest percent don't expect to stay in Mississippi. But if you're planning to stay there, then you know that you will be here, so you're interested in build a grassroot organization that's gonna be perpetual rather than doing something for a short period of time, and I think that's one of the things that we made a distinction between was organizing versus mobilization. We were interested in building organizations that were gonna be here, that were gonna be perpetual, self-sustaining, rather than motivating people around certain issues and events even though you would accomplish certain things in that. That was a great concern. That was the thing that we were definitely, you know, against things that we wanted to, to do was to organize. That was also part of the issue around the 1964 summer project.