Interview with Clory Bryan

On the day of the Cicero March, what happened with you and your daughter?


Ah the day of the Cicero March, ah I wanted to take my daughter to the march. And ah I was not to march only she was going to march. And I was going to take names of people who were going to go in to Cicero and then we'd be there when they come out to take their names to be sure that all of our people came back safely. And ah we ah got there and, with such few we became a little frightened. And ah we kept ah standing around and finally it was 12 o'clock, I believe it was 12 o'clock. And all of a sudden guys started getting out of cars and people started coming out of doorways and they said, "OK, Lucas, step off time." And I just couldn't believe that all these beautiful warm bodies were there to support us and we didn't know it all this time. So they started to launch and I felt so good. I said to my friend, let's walk over and see what's going to happen. So we went in behind them a little piece but by the time we got there we noticed that the National Guards and the Cicero police, Chicago police and everybody else was there with guns and bayonets, pointed at the marches. And ah instead of pointing at the people who were--were throwing the bricks. So ah we were afraid to go back. So I was forced in to go on. But I'm glad I went. It was a beautiful experience, I was scared all the way. But we kept walking. And people from the post office where Lucas worked, joined us later on into the march. And when we knew anything, they were just thousands. And it was one of the most successful marches that had taken place in the city of Chicago.