Interview with Andrew Young


The first time I heard about a possible Poor People's Campaign was from Marian Wright Edelman. She was one of the only Black attorneys in Mississippi at the time, and she called and asked if she could bring some people over from Mississippi to meet with me and Dr. King. We were trying to bring her on as the executive director of SCLC, and so we were glad for her to come over. But she, she brought four men with her and they talked about how long it had been since they'd had work and that they'd been put out of work by government policy. The government farm policy in the 50's began to pay, and 60's, began to pay farmers not to produce food and fiber. And so these men who had worked hard all their life in agriculture now didn't have any jobs because the government paid the land-owner but didn't pay the sharecroppers.