Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

AS YOU PREPARED TO GO, WERE YOU UM, FRIGHTENED THAT ANY OF THIS GROUP HAD TO BE CONVINCED THAT THIS DEMONSTRATION WAS THE BEST WAY TO RAISE UP THE ISSUE?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

Obviously uh the question of uh, of white folks in Alabama demonstrating publicly in uh, a place like Selma uh, was uh, very controversial and it was uh, not easy to convince uh, white Alabamians that this was the thing to do. Uh, shouldn't we play a quieter uh, more low profile role in all of this? Uh, so it was a struggle. It was something that went against the grain of uh, all of us in the group uh, with the exception of one or two of us. The rest had never participated in a public demonstration of this type. And uh, so it, it took a lot of convincing, a lot of talking and uh, so most of the group came from Birmingham although we had uh, people from Tuscaloosa and outlying areas uh, it was the Birmingham area that had the opportunity to talk this through and to reinforce each other and encourage each other.