Interview with Wendell Harris
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

…THOUGHT THAT THE PEOPLE WERE JAYWALKING.

Wendell Harris:

Yeah. We, we had a lot of demonstrations in Birmingham, obviously the the, all the reporters from the New York Times, the networks, all of us who were here, called it "forty days and forty nights in the park" because that's how many days we demonstrated. But on one day a group of demonstrators came out of the park and went into downtown Birmingham. Well, now that's a distance of about ten blacks from the park to downtown Birmingham. A group of ‘em walking down the sidewalk, demonstrating, started to cross against the light. And a meter maid there, Birmingham policewoman, or a meter maid, saw ‘em, had no idea they were demonstrating, simply knew that she was, they were going across on the light wrong, it was jaywalking, so she blew her whistle and said, "stop!" And the whole demonstration stopped while the light changed.