Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, YOU MENTIONED UH, WASHINGTON, WERE YOU AWARE, BY THE TIME YOU DID THIS MARCH, IT WAS MARCH AND THE SELMA CAMPAIGN HAD BEEN ON-GOING FOR SOME TIME. WERE YOU AWARE OF THE GOING ONS IN WASHINGTON THAT THERE WAS ANOTHER STORY OF CONGRESSMEN AND EVEN PERHAPS UH PRESIDENT JOHNSON CHANGING HIS MIND AS TIME WENT PAST ABOUT THE VOTING RIGHTS BILL?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

Well, we know that the voting rights bill was in the hopper, that congress, people were really discussing this seriously and that uh, Lyndon Johnson was uh, reportedly considering it but was uh, very unpredictable at this point, and that's why we hoped that our voice, that uh, we were trying to say that white Alabamians support voting rights for Blacks, and for all people not just Blacks asking for their rights.