Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

YOU SAID THAT YOUR GROUP WANTED TO PARTICIPATE AND YOU YOURSELF WANTED TO PARTICIPATE BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO EFFECT SOME CHANGE. BUT AS A CLERGYMAN, I'M WONDERING HOW MUCH OF THIS HAD TO DO WITH YOUR FEELING THAT THIS WAS MORALLY RIGHT. AND DID MARTIN LUTHER KING HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE OR WAS YOUR PERSPECTIVE ALWAYS THAT WAY?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

Well, I think uh, in terms of my own personal commitment, to uh, doing justice, uh, which is a phrase right out of the Old Testament, I always had that kind of concern. But there's no question, but what uh, Martin Luther King uh, who had been in Birmingham two years previous to this, uh, and whose uh, movement throughout the South, uh, I had followed very closely personally, uh, had an effect on me and raised this concern for justice, uh, from a level of uh, what we might…