Interview with John Jackson

Just going to the Selma-Montgomery March as it walked through, err, as the March passed, I`d like you to describe for me something that you saw that day.


Immediately we saw State Troopers, National Guards, and ah, policemans. And of course, we were trying to see the famous Civil Right leaders, Dr. King and the others. And when we saw those, I felt kind of confident. But before that very devastated. Because I was afraid, I didn't know what was going to happen to Black people, we were trying to get the right to vote, we were trying to get registered to vote, and trying to--there were rumors going around that Civil Right workers were gonna be coming in. People were afraid, and when they came through I was kind of, still afraid, but there was a little ray of hope I figured that they we--there were possibilities that we could be some protection force. If in fact we tried to improve our conditions and some people immediately joined the March. Of course, I still, ah, stood by and watched, 'cause I was amazed because I was always kind of afraid of being non-violent. I really was, ah, not a non-violent person, ah, and at that age I just didn't know what I could do. I wanted--we were concerned, I was concerned about what could I do to help. And, and it was really just an amazing situation to see that we, finally after ah, people were beat up in Selma, that we did have some protection. And the right to continue to march to Selma, to Montgomery.