During the Freedom Summer
, college student Jinny Glass wrote in her diary
:Today was certainly an emotionally packed day. Jo woke me at 5:15 am for today was the day I was going to Mississippi. But I had a lump in my throat because indeed I was sad to leave...and somewhat frightened to dive into the unknown of Miss. What was in store for me? What would the conditions be? What would I be able to contribute? Is this really right? (Certainly it’s morally wrong if you listen to a southerner)...
Dr Joseph Ellin, professor of philosophy at Western Michigan University, wrote
to his parents from Hattiesburg, MS:Generally the whites are fantastically scared. Bob Beech got some Southern Miss prof to have an interracial group to his house, and what a comedy, with not turning on the porch lights when we came in so no one would see, and the general nervousness that none of his friends would unluckily drop by, etc... And everybody admired his courage for having us at all, which only shows what things are like.