Interview with James Bevel
QUESTION 35
JAMES A. DEVINNEY:

Give me a sentence on that.

JAMES BEVEL:

The—that which would allow us to be more accurate, more confident, more secure in the application of nonviolence, grew out of our experience, in experiments in Nashville, Albany, Savannah, Danville, Virginia, Birmingham, Greenwood, McComb, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Nashville, the Freedom Ride. I had gone through all these campaigns when I got to Selma, so you know, it's like playing ball. You are competent based on the application and the response in your ability to apply the principle, so that people were trained. They were accustomed to violence. They were not afraid, and they were at this point comfortable with the principles and application of nonviolence.