Interview with Charles Diggs
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

I'D LIKE TO JUMP AHEAD TO MONTGOMERY, TALK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE. COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR FUND-RAISING EFFORTS THERE AND UH HOW YOU RAISED MONEY AND ALSO WHO THE CONTRIBUTERS WERE WHO GAVE YOU MONEY?

Charles Diggs:

Well, after er (cleared throat) the Montgomery bus uh boycott um matter, began er um under the leadership of uh Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., um I er began to make an appeal through a radio program that I was conducting, back in Detroit, and, as a result of that program, I collected some ten thousand dollars uh, to help finance er the er execution of the er Montgomery boycott because er uh people were not uh using the busses but er there were expenses involved in transportation and er uh and and and related matters. And so after raising this this money I contacted er Dr. King who at that time was uh, a, a Baptist minister er er who hadn't been heard of too much outside of that area. Uh, and he invited me to come down they were having um their um nightly rallies er er to uh um maintain the concern of the local people in in the whole Montgomery matter and er uh the these rallies were held at at Dr. King's church, and I was invited to come down to speak at one of the rallies and uh, I came down and, and brought this money. It was the first time I met Dr. King and never forgot that, because the only only time that he ever spoke at a er at a er testimonial dinner er, rally a testimonial was for me. Uh, I think it was 1963 was the first and only time, he, he had thousands of engagements and invitations to speak but he never forgot that uh that uh I brought that first piece of money down there and er so he spoke at my came to Detroit and spoke at my rally.