Interview with Fred Black
QUESTION 7
LOUIS MASSIAH:

What was your reaction personally. I mean, I understand what you're saying but you must have some real personal feelings about listening to him on that campus. You told me you got a brother who graduated from Howard who was in vietnam. You were in ROTC and eventually go to Vietnam, what were you thinking.

FRED BLACK:

Personally, I, I respected his right to decide not to participate, but I think as I remember my major reaction was that "this is a, a, bad signal" to the rest of the country, when you have a charismatic leader like Muhammad Ali saying "Black people should not join the service." It seemed to me that that would be a sure, ah, way of excluding yourself voluntarily from an important aspect of American society and I just felt that, ah, this was not going to bode well for Black America