Interview with James Forman


James Forman:

Ok. When the uh, uh, uh, the Selma, when the marches started in Selma, I mean the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee obviously didn't have any objections; because our chairperson was also participating in that. On the other hand the Selma to Montgomery march, you know crystallized many, many differences between the two organizations even though we worked together. I mean that a lot of the tensions came to a head you know in the uh uh, in the Selma to Montgomery march. Um, I mean for instance uh, um, after the beating at the Pettus bridge, you know we went to a meeting in um, in Montgomery where Dr. King had, was said that Judge Johnson had offered a compromise that if we would call off the march from Montgomery to uh, from Selma to Montgomery that he would hand down an injunction. And you know, it was felt that the uh injunction uh, you know should be accepted. Now people were in in in Montgomery, I mean in Selma at the church and so Dr. King indicated that we would continue to march. I talk about some of this in my book on Sammy Young. I mean there's a whole written business, a big section on it, And that's a very important part of the history in actions. And so we felt that, that, that that the march should go on and that Dr. King should, SNCC, I mean the SNCC representatives should say to the, to the, to the justice department, and to Judge Johnson, that the demonstrations were gonna go forward. And we struggled with him for about four or five hours and he finally conceded you know about 5 o'clock in the morning that the uh march would continue.