Interview with Hollis Watkins
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

THANKS,OK, LET'S CUT GIMME A, JUST GIMME A FEW ODD WORDS ON WHAT SHE REPRESENTED TO THE MOVEMENT HERE. UH, MRS. HAMER, WHAT DID SHE REPRESENT TO THE LOCAL PEOPLE HERE?

Hollis Watkins:

If I had to describe what Mrs. Hamer represented to, to local people, uh, if you would look at a human being as a whole, I would say Mrs. Hamer perhaps represented the heart, because she was the kind of person that was full of spirit, full of fire, that was the kind of person that didn't mind expressing what she believed and was willing at all times to stand up for what she believed. So because of that, when the spirit of those of us that was getting low, when we saw Mrs. Hamer, how she spoke to us, how she would sing, you know with us, uplifted our spirit and gave us uh, more determination to go ahead and fight an press for the things that uh, we believed in and she was that kind of person all the time, and this is what she expressed, this is what she represented, not only to those that was in the freedom movement but just to the, to the common people that lived on the plantations from day to day.