Interview with Sheriff James Clark
QUESTION 59
INTERVIEWER:

OK, THAT'S GREAT. WE'LL MOVE RIGHT ON NOW. WHAT ABOUT WHERE YOU WERE AND WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR HEAD WHEN YOU HEARD LBJ ON TV TALK ABOUT,"WE SHALL OVERCOME?"

Sheriff James Clark:

Lyndon Johnson had never voted for a civil rights bill the whole time he was in the Congress or in the Senate. In fact, he fought against them. His wife's people were from the Selma area. He had a lot of relatives there. His wife had a lot of relatives. Oh, the—he grabbed the ball and ran with it. Even after the federal judge ruled that the Board of Registrars had to register anybody that came along to register to vote, and they—Lyndon Johnson went ahead with the demonstrations, pushing them and singing, We Shall Overcome. He had to get in on the act. He had been left out up until then and then he wanted to get his finger in the pie, so to speak, too.