Interview with Hollis Watkins
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

AS A PERSON THAT YOU'VE NEVER MET BEFORE YOU KNOW, GIVE ME YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THIS PERSON THAT YOU'RE MEETING THIS FIRST TIME, AND UH, BOB MOSES [unintelligible].

Hollis Watkins:

The first time when I met Bob, uh, he really impressed me because he was young, and he was very calm in, in the way he expressed himself, seem to have been a young person who was from the North and had Mississippi interest at heart, and he was the kind of person that seemed to have patience and had a lot of tolerance in explaining in complete details. And the way he related to people, you never would have known that he had been a school teacher, what have you, up North because he related to us as just one of the, the other local people, you know, in the community. And I think that was one of the things that made us uh, you know, like Bob and just willing to work and go all out, you know, for him, because he never appeared to be an outsider, but he appeared, appeared from the very beginning as one of us that had grown up right there in Mississippi, that was willing and ready to deal with the challenges. And that's why we instantly began to hit the streets and asked people to come out to the voter registration meetings, come out to the mass meetings, and so that they could learn how to become registered voters and then encouraging them to go on down to the court house and register to vote. The other thing was that Bob was right there doing the same thing with us, it wasn't like you go out and do it and I'll stay here, but he was right with us.