Interview with Sheriff James Clark
QUESTION 56
INTERVIEWER:

AND TELL ME AGAIN HOW YOU FELT WHEN MARTIN LUTHER KING FIRST CAME INTO SELMA, SPECIFICALLY? YOU KNEW, YOU KNOW, YOU KNEW A WHOLE CAMPAIGN WAS COMING WITH HIM.

Sheriff James Clark:

I knew we had a paper that went out to all the organizers. We obtained a copy of it, too, that described that he was going to come to Selma. And that they were going to start agitation, that Martin Luther King was coming to Selma and was going to start agitating. And it was all written down and in this paper, which was—we got a copy of it in October before the January—before Martin Luther King came to town. And it was plainly stated in there that after the violence started and the bombing started that, and Martin Luther King would be arrested, and put in a Dallas County jail where he would write a letter from the Dallas County Jail. And we decided at that time that he would have to commit a pretty serious crime in order to get in jail, but he was obliged by Wilson Baker and was put into the city jail.