Interview with Robert Lucas
QUESTION 9
JUDY RICHARDSON:

There was a sense by Daley that he was trying to say that the movement had caused the riots. I was wondering if you could talk about that Palmer House meeting where you talked about what the underlying causes of the riots were.

ROBERT LUCAS:

As a result of the 1966 riots in Chicago, the power structure got very nervous. As a matter of fact they got so nervous they convened a meeting with the top Black Civil Rights and, ah, leadership in the city. And at that meeting you had the top business persons and top political officials including Richard A. Daley and, ah, top church people. And, ah, and at the time, ah, the people that convened the meeting were really looking for some way to, to stop the, the riots. So, you, you see the riots occurred on Roosevelt Road and only about really a mile and a half from the downtown, ah, ah, section. So naturally the businessmen, the politicians, were quite nervous because they felt that at any point the riot was, the riot would spill over into the downtown area. So they were very concerned. So they were trying to solicit reasons, ah, ah, or answers from, you know, from the Black leadership. And quite frankly, I don't know if the Black leadership was really naive or was really dishonest but, ah, I for one when, when I got an opportunity I got up and, and talked about the riots being because of the socioeconomic, ah, ah, conditions in the Black community.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

Cut just a second, That's what I'm getting to, what I need is--