Interview with James Bevel
QUESTION 2
JAMES A. DEVINNEY:

What made Birmingham a city to focus on?

JAMES BEVEL:

Well, it had a reputation equal to the Mississippi—Birmingham had a reputation equal to the Mississippi Delta in terms of its brutalization of people. It was known for its—Bull Connor, its police department, its violation and bombing, and denigrating black people and it was very resistant city. Klan, a lot of Klan activity. A lot of suppression. And so, that made it special because the greater the resistance in the application of the science of nonviolence, the clearer the issues become for the onlooker.