Gilbert Moses and Richard Murphy

Moses discusses the genesis of his interest in civil rights and his plan to found and operate the Free Southern Theater. He discusses Du Bois’s theory of African Americans’ double-consciousness and describes the importance of “Negritude,” which he characterizes as a sense of racial pride among African Americans. Moses discusses southern whites’ culture and whether attitudes toward race are changing among younger Southerns and also considers whether better economic opportunities for poor African Americans and whites might be a necessary first step to ending racial strife. Moses also discusses sectional differences in race relations, and Murphy describes the meaning of the slogan “Freedom Now.” The two discuss their experience in Jackson after a day of unrest on the Jackson State College campus. Moses and Murphy describe the African Americans and white coming to the South to participate in the civil rights movement, and they discuss the effect that demonstrations in the South have had on the North, and vice versa. Moses closes the interview by describing the Free Southern Theater, his hopes for the troupe, and the usefulness of theater to the civil rights movement.