Interview with James Bevel
QUESTION 27
JAMES A. DEVINNEY:

And what was your reaction when you heard?

JAMES BEVEL:

Well, my first reaction when I heard about the bombing was anger, rage. I felt that the bombing of the church was almost like a personal insult. That we had used the church, and the young people and I was feeling that the reactionary forces or the Klan, or whoever, was trying to teach us a lesson. And it was like, I guess I experienced it more or less as an insult than an injury. And then I got information to the effect that some of the guys who was involved in it was from the sheriff department. And then I was thinking about killing people. And then I had to do a lot to thinking about that. And that's when I started thinking about what would be the appropriate response to that kind of situation.