Interview with Sheriff Mel Bailey
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME JUST INTERRUPT YOU A MOMENT. NOBODY HEARS MY QUESTIONS SO WHEN YOU SAY I TOLD THEM, I WANT YOU TO TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU CALLED WHO—

Sheriff Melvin Bailey:

These were the ministers that made up the greater Birmingham ministry, the immediate Birmingham ministers, that were to have these demonstrations on their doorsteps and the streets and meetings where they were called to by the Chamber of Commerce, by their own peers, these ministers would have great influence, particularly the black ministers. As you now know and most knew then. They were holding the meetings, they were trying to ascertain what direction things were gonna go. This is where every minister that moved in here to assist, even Dr. Martin Luther King, various churches host those meetings and this was where the pulse of the community was felt, by everybody.