Interview with Sheriff James Clark
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

OK, LET'S CUT RIGHT THERE. HOW ARE YOU FEELING? SPEED, AND MARK, MARKER, TAKE 2. OK, CONTINUING FROM THE, FROM THE FIRST QUESTION ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN BLACKS AND WHITES IN SELMA—HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN SNCC CAME IN 1963 AND STARTED WORKING WITH BLACKS TO GET THEM REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Sheriff James Clark:

We recognized the fact that SNCC was organized by Martin Luther King as the agitation group and they continued to agitate and then Martin Luther King controlled them. That let them loose, and then he came up and told them, no, you children, we're going to do this in a peaceful way, although he had sent them out to agitate first. And that was—he was playing both ends against the middle so-to-speak.