Interview with Robert Lucas

OK, if you could talk about that meeting and what it felt like, seeing all the powers and the power structure arraigned before you.


When the, when the riots occurred the, the power structure in Chicago got really nervous. In fact so, so nervous that they, they had a meeting where they asked all of the top civil rights leadership to attend. And so I had heard about the power structure for a number of years. And I never thought I would really get an opportunity to see it, at least all in one place. So I walked into this room in the Palmer House and there was the top poli- political leadership, Daley with the Cooperation Council and all of his commissioners, and, ah, the top business men. Business men that were representative of the State Street Council and also the top church leaders from, from the Protestant and the Catholic churches, etc., you know. It was really an awesome amount of power.