Interview with Reverend Dana Greeley
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS YOUR IMPRESSION OF SELMA WHEN YOU FIRST GOT TO THAT COMMUNITY?

Rev. Dana Greeley:

What was my impression of Selma when we first went there? We went there as a Board of Trustees officially, I think it was into the Catholic Church that we first went to be briefed by people who had gone there ahead of us and by one or two of the local people. Uh, I guess my mind was more on the uh, issue than it was on the community, although of course my impression of the community were, were uh, not unimportant either. We were introduced around. I uh, I was impressed by the fact that it was a somewhat uh, isolated or closed-in community. We spent the night, with uh, another man and I with a beautiful woman who was our hostess and gave us her bed and a couch and she slept on the floor, uh, I was uh, certainly most impressed as most grateful for her hospitality. And I guess that typified for me the hospitality of the uh, of the Black community there. So that that was a great experience for me, the first time I, I rather think that I had spent the night like that in a closed in um, um, close-knit black community. But the level of uh, of concern and commitment for everybody and the uh, the unity of the spirit uh, that was shared by all were equally important to me.