Interview with Charles Diggs


Charles Diggs:

…think that the the Kee—the Congressional delegation that went to Selma umm had a considerable impact upon umm local circumstances and also on legislation that er was finally er er enacted. Um I was the only Black member of that delegation. uh The er other members er came from districts that uh were not predominately Black and I think that er the very presence of a group of that of that type uh in Selma for the first time err impacted upon the local people er it uh it gave credibility to our crusade for uh correction of the inequities and I think that er it er inspired the Congressmen uhm when they returned to Washington to sponsor and co-sponsor legislation that ultimately was enacted er particularly involving voter rights and er um I think it added a whole new dimension uh uh to the uh, to the Civil Rights Movement.