Interview with Linda Bryant-Hall

How was the character of the Cicero march different from Dr. King's usual marches in Chicago?


Well, Dr. King's marches in Chicago were usually made up of movement people. This march was community people. These were--these people had not attended any workshops on non-violence; they had not listened to any lectures on love and loving but, you know, your fellow man and all; they were just people who were angry about what was happening and wanted to do something. And, when they all decided to go on this march, and people started to throw bricks and bottles at us; a couple of people caught the bricks and threw them back; threw rocks back; they even ah, ah, would jump in between ah, a lady sometimes. Ah, women who were on the march were very protected. The fellows were there--I saw these coats that looked as if men had something underneath them. Ah, I don't know if anybody had anything. I didn't see anything, but the coats were really heavy. Um, and these people were saying you know, yeah, we're going to come to Cicero and we're not going to go limp. Ah, we're going to march through Cicero, and we`re going to march to the point that we said we were going to march to, and we're going to come back. And, that in itself was a triumph, because, people just didn't do that in Cicero.


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