1960: the move back to Mississippi

Charles Marsh: Your father talks about this, you know, in his autobiography, about the decision to move back to Mississippi? Do you remember that decision?

Spencer Perkins: Well, from a child, I was like 5 years old. Yeah, I remember a little bit of it, but I don't remember the big reasons why they were moving. We were going back to stay with my grandmother, that's all I knew. So I know from what they talked about - I had heard them talk about it before.

CM: That was really an insane thing to do, in 1960.

SP: Yeah, I guess, though, this idea of what they were going to do was pretty much working with their own, working with black people, and they weren't looking to raise no kind of ruckus or anything. But one thing kind of led to another and I think what ended up getting our family involved in the civil rights movement was the way we looked at the scripture and the heavy emphasis on God's concern for the poor and on justice. And this kind of compelled us out there.

CM: In 1960, there was no movement to speak of in Mississippi.

SP: No.

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