Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Getting Involved in the Civil Rights Movement

BOND: That's where you saw people sitting in at Newport News?

MOSES: Yes, in Newport News.

BOND: What was the sensation you got from watching these people?

MOSES: What I remember is the seriousness of the march because we had to march from Hampton to Newport News and just the tone and the seriousness of the students. So that's the first time in my life that I'm really embedded in this kind of public display of really disciplined action and emotional tone of there's something really important that we're doing.

BOND: Did it make you think this was something you could do or you should do?

MOSES: Yes, right. Immediately when Wyatt came down and said they're opening up an office, it made me immediately say, well, I need to get involved in that office and then from there, I really felt I needed to go down the summer and-