Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT LAWSUITS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAD FILED? WERE THESE IN ANY WAY EFFECTIVE IN UH MOVING ANYTHING ALONG TO REDUCE THE DISCRIMINATION, AGAINST BLACKS WHO WERE TRYING TO VOTE, REGISTER TO VOTE?

James Forman:

Well, yes. The Selma to Montgomery march has a person whose name is John Doar um, who was one of the key people for the federal government in prosecuting uh um voting rights suits throughout the south. I had met him uh in uh, I knew of him in Fayette county and I'd met some people on his team, or met a person on his team and that he came up to me at the Selma and the Montgomery march and he said, well Jim I know you must be feeling very bad so I said well why. He said because uh the uh fifth circuit court of appeals is about to hand down all of these court decisions uh which are going to make a tremendous difference in voting you know throughout the south and in Selma. And this is your work I said and see here Dr. King is getting all the credit. I said well don't worry about that I mean you know we never worry about credit. The main thing is to have the fifth circuit court of appeals to hand down the decisions. So well I just want to say that to you because I know how hard you've been working here in Alabama.