Interview with Sheriff Mel Bailey
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, ACTUALLY WE HAVE HEARD THAT IT WAS ALL CONFINED TO A RELATIVELY SMALL AREA AND ONLY A SMALL PART OF THE POPULATION.

Sheriff Melvin Bailey:

Absolutely, and I credit it to the churches that we had a preponderance, a majority of black and white people who detest violence and under any conditions, whatever the issue, the attack and destruction of property and loss of life and injury. The churches had their influence, on the—at that time as I recall, I did a canvas and survey and this immediate community of Birmingham, metropolitan area, we had over seven hundred churches. It's truly the bible belt and we are strong in that belt and I'm convinced that the ministers— [overlap]

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

WE HAVE ABOUT 100 FEET LEFT IN ROLL 521. AND MARK SPEED. OK, HANG ON A SECOND, LET ME GET SETTLED—THERE WE GO. OK.