Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-26.
And so, as it turned out, I was told, “Well, if you’re going to go to Albany, Georgia, you have to go to Atlanta first and meet up with, um, the SNCC folk, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,” because I had already started working, um, to establish - there was, like, a New York SNCC office.
JM: So, that work had already begun in New York?
DD: Yeah, it was just - it was developing.
JM: Yeah, okay.
DD: I think. And there were - that was ’62. I think things were just, yeah, sort of developing, and I was getting involved.
JM: Yeah. Right. What did you find when you arrived in, um, the SNCC office in Atlanta?
DD: Well, um, I thought that, uh, I’d be there like a day, and we’d go off to Albany. But I had to - you know, you had to make sure there was transportation. There was a lot of activity going on. Um, there were projects, and people were coming in and moving around, and, um, it was a whole operation. Uh, and I - so, I had to wait to see who was going and how we were going to get there and so on. So, I just said, “Okay, well, I’ll wait and I’ll get to know who’s in the office.” So, I did. Met a lot of the key players, uh, Jim Forman and several people, Bob Zellner, um, Ruby Doris Smith, several.
DD: So, finally, when, um, there was a car ready and there were a couple of people that were going to be going to Albany - of course, I didn’t know how far Albany, Georgia, was. It’s three hours away. Um, so, I think there were about four of us that went in the car. Little did I know at that point that it was dangerous to ride in an integrated car, because Jim Forman, Bob Zellner, myself, and I think there was one other person.
But, uh, we arrived in Albany, Georgia, and, uh, we went to the SNCC office, and they arranged [40:00] to put us up with a family. And then, the next day they came and they said, “Okay, well, we need to do some canvassing,” and, uh, go to the SNCC office and see what was on the agenda for the day - um, not the SNCC office - the -
JM: Albany Movement office.