Interview with Linda Bryant-Hall
QUESTION 16
JUDY RICHARDSON:

What role did organizations like CORE, which are more militant, play in getting King to be more militant?

LINDA BRYANT HALL:

Well, the fact that we would take an opposite--ok, yeah.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

Yeah, you have to mention CORE that's all.

LINDA BRYANT HALL:

Ah, groups like CORE, made, ah, Dr. King, I think more militant--kept him more to the left than he probably would have been if we had not been around. Ah, whenever we decided we were going to do something very radical, such as our march on, into Cicero. That made Dr. King have to say, well maybe, it's not such a bad idea, because, Dr. King was not going to denounce us, as we were not going to denounce him. We had to show unity, even though we were at different points. So, when he, when we decided that we were going to do something very militant, like support "Black Power." Dr. King and his people, they had to look at "Black Power" and say, what is this? Is this something good here; is this something that we ought to be looking at? And, this kept him more to the left than he, I think, would have been, if we had not been there.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

Cut. Yeah