Interview with A.G. Gaston
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

WELL THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE USE OF NON-VIOLENCE. THERE WAS A LOT OF VIOLENCE IN BIRMINGHAM, AND YET MARTIN WAS TALKING ABOUT USING NON-VIOLENT METHODS. DID YOU APPROVE OF THAT?

A. G. Gaston:

Now me, myself, I couldn't do it, so I don't get in it. But he succeeded, and I agree with every bit of the world, he succeeded with it and he got results from it. And I'm well prepared to give him all the credit and honor for it. But in the outer hall in our building down there, I was sitting in the audience, and King up there making a speech and some young obnoxious fellow jumped up on the platform and attacked him. And he wouldn't even let us, I went to call the police and King stopped me. He the one they would have wanted arrested, see, and they were planning to, it was in a black audience, can you imagine? And they would have tore him up. King wouldn't let them. And then, the police came anyway, and King wouldn't even press charges against him.