Interview with Dr. William Anderson
QUESTION 18
JAMES A. DEVINNEY:

YOU MADE REFERENCE TO OF THE ALBANY MOVEMENT BEFORE, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DO TALK ABOUT THE WONDERFUL SPIRIT, THE MUSIC, THE PRAYERS, TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE.

Dr. William G. Anderson:

Let me restate that. This was the first spontaneous mass movement of the civil rights movement era. We did not have planned demonstrations anymore than we had planned mass rallies. None of us wrote speeches that were, there was no prepared agenda, there was no text. There was very little form to the meetings. We spoke as we felt it. And I'm sure those of you who've had the opportunity to review some of the film clips from the movement will recognize that our presentations to the masses at those rallies was completely spontaneous. The people literally got caught up in the movement. And I have never seen more spirit in all of my years as the spirit I saw there. And mind you I am a baptized Baptist. And if anyone knows how the spirit can catch on in a Baptist meeting in a Baptist revival, I know. But I never in my life experienced the kind of spirit that I saw that permeated the Albany Movement meetings.