Interview with Wendell Harris
Wendell Harris:

My name is Wendell Harris and I'm the news director for WAPI-TV in Birmingham. I have a theory, just my own theory about the city of Birmingham and the civil rights struggle. My theory is very simple. I believe that the man and the event must come together at a point before it's going to be successful. And I think what happened in Birmingham, Alabama is we had the place, we had the man in Dr. Martin Luther King and we had the time. The civil rights struggle was ripe for America at that time. And that's what brought the civil rights struggle to the fore in America and that's what gave all our people, really, not just black or white or male or female, gave all of our people an opportunity to be enfranchised, to take part in what we call a democracy. If you go back and think about it for a moment, Dr. King was able to desegregate the buses of Montgomery, Alabama, but when they did that the buses in Atlanta, Georgia, or Birmingham were still segregated. When he went to jail for sitting in in Atlanta, Georgia, the counters in Birmingham were still segregated as they were in Charlotte, North Carolina, or Richmond, Virginia. Nothing happened except in one locality. And what we did was we brought Dr. King to Birmingham, we brought the Civil Rights Movement to Birmingham, and it all came together here and that's where we got the Civil Rights Act passed, that's where we had the movement, uh, for the civil rights struggle across this great country, um and it all came together. My theory is very simple. Nothing happens until the place and the event and the man come together. And they all came together right here in Birmingham, Alabama, with Dr. King as the man.