Interview with Carl Daniels
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

HOW DO YOU UH… WHAT'S YOUR RESPONSE TO UH, BIRMINGHAM IN THE SIXTIES?

Carl Daniels:

Well I can't say that I really have a… a… a real response. I can only go by what I heard, or and read and saw on T.V. what was going on at that time. And uh… at that time, seeing what was going on in Birmingham and being a native of Birmingham and living in Buffalo, New York, uh, I was hurt. Uh, not really ashamed, but hurt and sorry that things were the way they were at that time- But since I've been back in Birmingham, since 1966, I can see some changes that have been made, here in the city. And one of the changes, is that uh… there are a number of blacks in the communications field here, in the news media, from radio, T.V., and the newspapers. And at that time there were no blacks in either facets of communications, except black radio. And since 66, I've worked at uh… a white oriented radio station as a newsman, and after that I came up here at Channel 13, and now I'm the assignment editor, and I look back, I believe what happened in Birmingham in the early sixties, is responsible for me being where I am now, and having the responsibilities that I have now. I believe what happened in Birmingham in the sixties, raised the consciousness of uh… civic leaders in in both communities, black and white, that hey, something has got to be done. And… what really, what really prompted all of this was that, I believe the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was and the three girls who were killed, and the girls were killed, I believe people said, hey, you know, this is enough. Let's… we gotta stop. We can't keep on, going on killing kids. And I… I credit the deaths of those girls with whatever success in Birmingham that I might have obtained… Do I get the job? [laughter].