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