Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

GO BACK TO WHEN… SELMA WHEN YOU'RE THERE AND SCLC COMES IN AND GIVE ME IN SELMA, GENERICALLY HOW THE DIFFERENCES IN LEADERSHIP UM, UH CAUSED CONFLICT, OR, OR JUST DESCRIBE FOR ME WHAT THE DIFFERENCES IN LEADERSHIP WERE. TRYING TO GET AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SELMA…

James Forman:

Well, I recall definitely a meeting with Dr. King. A lot of us had meetings, and we kept explaining to him the necessity to try to develop this indigenous leadership and we also tried to explain to him the danger, OK, the real danger in trying to project a charismatic leader as the leader of the movement because of a possible assassination. I mean that, this is still a very, that in 1965 conditions were very difficult and that the uh uh uh um people were being, still being killed. You know and if you didn't have broad based movement, the assassination of a leader could lead to a decapitation or a reduction of the movement and we didn't want that, I mean we had, you know we wanted you know a movement that would survive the loss of our lives. And then therefore then, the uh uh, the necessity to build a broad based movement, and not just a charismatic leader.**