Interview with Frank Legree
QUESTION 6
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK, ah, they invited Dr. King down, ah, he came down, right?

FRANK LEGREE:

Right.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Tell me.

FRANK LEGREE:

Well, what happened, the, ah, Attorney G.E. Graves, which was the attorney for the NAACP, he had invited Dr. King down, him and Father Gibson. So, they was telling him about what has started, what the problem was that I were[SIC] having at this home, so this is when Dr. King called me in with him and the rest of the officials at the NAACP and s- asked me, please, if I would stay, you know, there to the house and wouldn't leave, and they would back me, they would get behind me to see that, I said, "Well, hey, I don't want no violence either," I said, "but let me tell you this: if they try to do anything, that I'm going to use violence." Dr. King said, "No, this is not the way it goes. This is not what we want to do." He said, "Then we'll be acting just as they do." He said, "But we're going to fight them 'til the end. If you are willing to stick, we're willing to stand behind you. And otherwise, I'll tell you this: we'll even pay your house note." Oh, man, now that really struck me. You know, I wanted to go stay there anyway, but, hey, they was willing to do that, seriously, I was glad, you know, that they did, because I didn't really want any trouble, I didn't want to hurt anybody, I didn't want to get hurt, you know, but I just wanted a home for my mother and my kids, you know, to live. So this was it, and after they told me that, this was the beginning of my home.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK, let's stop down.

FRANK LEGREE:

OK.