Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT DID YOU DO YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU FIRST GOT THERE?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

Well, we planned this demonstration in Selma for Saturday March 6, which was um, a day that people could rather easily get away from their jobs and that's why we picked a Saturday. Uh, and we planned 3 or 4 weeks probably to uh, pull this off and uh, the purpose was to raise up uh, before the eyes of the public in Alabama and throughout the country uh, what was happening in Selma to the people who were being mistreated but more importantly uh, the civil rights uh, of the people themselves who could not even register to vote, much less vote. Um, we saw this as an issue that was of uh, real concern if the south was ever to change, to say nothing of uh, the urban pockets in the north.