Interview with James Forman
QUESTION 40
INTERVIEWER:

OF COURSE EVENTUALLY THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY BECAME SYNONOMOUS WITH BLACK POWER AND I'M WONDERING, YOU KNOW, REEB HAD BEEN KILLED, JIMMY LEE JACKSON HAD BEEN KILLED AND I WAS JUST WONDERING WHY TO HER DEATH WAS THIS THE RESPONSE, WAS THIS LIKE THE FINAL STRAW AT THE END OF A VERY TOUGH CAMPAIGN? UM…

James Forman:

Well no, we feel that, I mean you know remember her death came as I recall that I mean was on the eve of the Selma to Montgomery march and that the uh, it was—uh she was uh um, she was from the Teamsters and we felt that that was very important, I mean that, that the trade union movement and that the Teamsters you know were participating in the demonstration and that the uh uh um, a dramatic response was necessary and we were not pitting her against the other two murders I mean we tried to respond you know, to the uh, to the murders of the other two people, um, but… oh, well… you want to cut that? I mean Jimmy Lee Jackson came after, wasn't his, wasn't his death after hers or that was before?