Interview with Stokley Carmichael

What was the response of the congregation?


Oh, the response was just like a shepherd leading his flock, you know, going to gave them water on green pastures. They responded. You know, I'm often amazed, people say, you know, Dr. King, he speaks with such big words that poor people can't understand. No, King was a true teacher. I mean he would teach. He would speak. Use all those broad concepts but they would understand exactly what he was saying. So, his church understood precisely the struggle in Vietnam, the necessity of nonviolence to be applied here. The necessity of them to heighten their consciousness against the war in Vietnam, using their experiences from own struggle against racism and they came to understand properly that this position would put him on a most unpopular position and would lead him into complete confrontation with the forces. They understood completely.