Interview with Sheriff James Clark
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

OK, LET'S CUT RIGHT THERE. THAT'S GREAT. SPEED, CAMERA ROLL 594, JIM CLARK, TAKE 3, MARKER. OK, HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN JOE SMITHERMAN FIRST WAS FIRST APPOINTED WILSON BAKER TO BE PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THAT WHOLE MOVE?

Sheriff James Clark:

Wilson Baker was, as they used to say about him in Selma, was anybody's dog that would hunt with him. He had joined the Klan, Ku Klux Klan, publicly back in 1958, along with Lady Bird Johnson's Aunt, at a meeting there, and was a very active member of the Klan when he was—during the years. And then when Martin Luther King came to town, well, he went up and met with him and had breakfast with him every morning and they laid out the day's program for what they were going to do, and how they were going to do it. I just did not think that he was the person for the job.