Interview with Reverend Dana Greeley
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

OK, I WANT YOU TO PICK UP AND BEGIN AGAIN AND TELL ME WHAT THE SELMA WALL WAS AND WHY IT WAS THERE.

Rev. Dana Greeley:

Why was the Selma wall there in the first place? Well, it was there to uh, to contain the uh, the uh, black community and the whites that had come from the North and not to have them go to the Courthouse. But it was really a confrontation of course that that uh, was uh, representing force on one side, and, and completely pacifist positions on the other side, which I think uh, has happened again and again in history but certainly Jim Clark and Wilson Baker didn't, didn't realize they actually felt threatened I suppose by the uh, by the black and white together on one side of the Selma Wall and uh, I say have no consciousness, uh how, how non-violent the uh, the blacks and whites together on the other side of the wall would be. But, as soon as we went down there, we were introduced to the Selma Wall and our youngest, uh, representatives plus our, our oldest in their 80s took their turns uh, through the night and uh, during the day to to keep their vigil at the Selma Wall which was very important syl-symbolically. And, and not, not back up, but uh, testify and uh, and ultimately they, they won, they won their cause so it was certainly worth while from that point of view.