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Transcription: {SPEAKER name="John Lewis"}
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That's right, this happened in Greenwood!
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Some of you may have forgotten about Block being beaten up there.
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It was a rough time, but all of you remember though the shooting of Jimmy Travis here in Greenwood.
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All of you remember the time that Peacock and Block got shot at, the burning of the SNCC office, the shooting in Dewey Greene's home, George Greene's home.
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All of us remember those things, am I right?!
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[[crowd murmuring agreement]]
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These things happened right here in Greenwood less than 6 months ago.
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That's right. And a new time came to Greenwood. We were in a moment of crises then.
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That's right. The town was crippled with fear. The white folks didn't know what to do!
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Because instead of us running and leaving Greenwood, more workers came into Greenwood. Am I right?
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[[applause]]
People came in.
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And you see that's what the white man wanted you to do.. wanted us to do.
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Shoot a nigger and watch him run, that's what he was saying.
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But this is a new nigger and you tell black that old man Hammond down there, we ain't running no more.
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And the next people that's goin' to run is goin' to be that political, corrupt crowd out of that courthouse.
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We're going to run 'em outta there.
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[[applause]]
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And they know that the handwriting is on the wall. They know it. It's on the wall. They can't stop it.
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They cannot stop it for whatever they do.
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Because as the Lord said if they slayed everybody in this house, you got some little kids 5 and 6 years old singing them freedom songs and they ain't gonna stand for it.
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They ain't gonna stand for it. You hear what I'm saying?
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It's impossible to be learning freedom songs and grow up to be a slave.
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'Cause there's something about them songs that make you want to be free. Is that right? Something about them.
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They get inside you and they make you think about all of things that you've been doing.
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You see all of the things that you've been doing wrong.
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And this is the same way all across the South.



Transcription Notes:
old man Hammond - Buff Hammond, Police Commissioner Greenwood, MS

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