Interview with Bernard Lafayette


Of course Gage Park was one of the places where we experienced some of the greatest kind of violence. In fact Martin Luther King said, said it himself. He had been, experienced violence in the South, et cetera, he said, but he had never seen the ugliness of violence, you know, the contorted faces of the people and the viciousness. In fact Martin Luther King was, ah, struck by a brick in Gage Park in the line of march. They would set off firecrackers and they would throw bricks and bottles and all sorts of things. They would yell and, and he was so surprised to see young people behave that way, and even, ah, even older White women. They were really showing the worst of humanity.