Integration was not our goal…

Charles Marsh: In 1966, when black power was hooking up with pan-African ideology.

Cleveland Sellers: Black Power was a program that we might have underestimated. In the black community it caught on; in the white community, it elicited a sharp reaction. It came during a time during you've had Watts and the Harlem rebellion; and you're in the rebellion stage, and your kind of out there. And it's very difficult to control, Our position is that we can very easily go out there and define it but usually that gets turned around...

Integration was not our goal; we weren't interested in sitting next to your white daughter. The black panther of Lowndes County. The press conjured up the negative kind of identification of SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] in Lowndes County. The idea was to go in and convince people they could be the sheriffs and tax collectors…

When people see the movement, they often see it as 'black folks want to get white folk' rather than the political power aspect of it. So people miss that; when the white press went crazy. The first news items on Lowndes County made the Freedom Organization anti-democratic coverage. Some of the national stringers reported this.

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