Interview with James Bevel

Was Dr. King supportive of the idea?


Yeah, it's a—in a nonviolent movement, if you went back some of the classical strategies of Gandhi, when you have, say, a great violation of the people and there's a great sense of injury, you have to give people a honorable means and context in which to express and eliminate that grief and speak decisively and succinctly back to the issue. Otherwise your movement will break down in violence and chaos.**. So, agreeing to go to Montgomery was that kind of tool that would absorb a tremendous amount of energy and effort and it would keep the issue of disenfranchisement before the whole nation. And the whole point was of walking from Selma to Montgomery, it take you five to six days, and which—which would give you the time to discuss in the nation, through the papers, radio, television and going around speaking what the real issues were.**. So it was like, we need time to educate all of America to this problem and by walking from Selma to Montgomery, that would give us the five or six days we need to address the nation.