Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

NOW WHEN THE BIRMINGHAM DEMONSTRATIONS BEGAN, WHAT— YOU WERE INVOLVED WITH IT, WHAT WAS YOUR ROLE? WHAT WERE YOU DOING?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

My role in the Birmingham demonstrations uh, was basically a roll of being a part of the committee of 20 that met uh, to do the planning. We met in uh, the uh, A.G. Gaston Motel and I can still remember those sessions uh, with uh, Dr. King and Ralph Abernathy and Andrew Young uh, and it was uh, an amazing experience of uh, an openness towards everybody's idea. There was no one uh, who was not given the opportunity to help participate in the planning. Uh, the demonstrations themselves uh, went so quickly that um, it was a surprise to all of us that the uh, results came as quickly as they did.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

OK THAT'S A ROLL OUT ON CAMERA ROLL 551. WE'RE GOING TO 552.