Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

LET ME JUST SAY, SEE NOBODY'S GOING TO KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK, OK?

James Forman:

OK, there was a meeting on Monday night prior to turnaround Tuesday, where we had been informed that the uh, Judge Johnson had offered a compromise that if we, if the march didn't proceed from Selma to Montgomery, that he would issue an injunction and that when we, so we traveled from Montgomery back to Selma, before turnaround Tuesday, this is all Monday night OK? The announcement was made to the people in the audience that the march, that Tuesday would go forward, all right. But some of us also knew that Dr. King had told, I mean Judge Johnson, that he was gonna call off the march. So we had a meeting from about 11 o'clock to 5 o'clock that morning where we were trying to lay out to him the necessity to keep his word to the people that the march would go forward and it would not be called off.** And so about 5 o'clock he called the Attorney General, I think it was Robert Kennedy and said that you know that they were gonna go forward with the march, you know that, that turnaround Tuesday. And that occurred, I mean we had this march' and then we got, we marched across the Pettus bridge and then, uh, you know, the people came back across the bridge.