Interview with Linda Bryant-Hall

So, what is the difference between what King is used to doing in the south and what he is faced with here in the north in terms of the diversity and the largeness of the Black community here.


Well, I think what happened when King came to Chicago, and he found out--or, he needed to find out--was that, ah, the city was so large, and people were so different. Ah, there were people here from all over the city who--and, each community had an organization already existing and each community had a plan and each community had their own kinds of goals set. And, ah, we were working together in group called, ah, Triple CO--[CCCO]--I forgot the exact name of it at the time--but, headed by Al Raby. And, at that time, we had just decided that we need an umbrella group. And, therefore, we came up with Triple CO, and all the community groups got together, and tried to pull our resources. And, when King came, though, what he wanted to do, was just work with that one umbrella group. And, then not understand that each group within that group had a program of its own--had leaders of its own, had its own kind of direction that it was going in; but, we all had a common goal. Ah, but we needed somebody like King. We needed him to lend us his strength, ah, to lend us his name. Ah, and we wanted him to come in join our movement--not come in and lead it, because we already had leaders. So, when he came in to try and ah, discount ah, what was already here, I think, he offended quite a few people.


OK. That's perfect. That's absolutely--