John Lewis:
But no question about it there are changes. Changes are occurring in the South on the part of white elected officials, white politicians. But I can recall that in 1961 some of the places we visited on the Freedom Ride in Mississippi, in ‘62 and '64 some of the white officials that we came in contact with like the sheriff in [Pike] County down in McComb, Mississippi. Some of the people that harassed some of the SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] people, these same people today are out campaigning for the black vote. They come to the voter registration rallies, the mass meetings. When Julian and I went on tour in Mississippi in ‘71, the same people came to welcome us to the city. In Belzoni, Mississippi, in June of ‘71, the mayor of Belzoni and this is the same place in Humphrey’s County when in the late-50s two NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] people were shot there, came to welcome us to the city. These guys, I think, they can count; they know that black people are registering and they are voting and they want to be re-elected.

- John Lewis, former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Georgia congressman

Interview with John Lewis by Jack Bass and Walter DeVries, November 20, 1973, Interview A-0073, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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