Interview with Robert Lucas
QUESTION 19
JUDY RICHARDSON:

If you can look at me and tell me why you decided to continue the Cicero march and about Dr. King's call to you before you went out on the march.

ROBERT LUCAS:

Well, ah, really, ah, there were two summit conferences.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

If you can not mention summit conferences. Go right into the Cicero march.

ROBERT LUCAS:

The reason why CORE decided to march to Cicero, ah, because we knew that, ah, Blacks got nothing out of the summit conference. So by marching to Cicero, ah, that was our statement to Blacks that nothing was gotten from the, ah, from the, ah, summit conference. And, ah, as a matter of fact, the, The day that, ah, ah, the march took place, Dr. King called me at home and he said to me, "You know Bob, ah, ah, we would like to save Cicero to use it, you know, later on for something. And that I wish that you wouldn't go." And I told Dr. King, I said, Well doc, that, you know, my conscience dictates to me that I must lead that march into Cicero because as a matter of fact, see, SCLC had threatened to march into Cicero** a number of times and because of that, although Blacks did not live in Cicero, Blacks that worked in Cicero, people were beginning to beat them up simply because they thought that we were afraid to, ah, march in Cicero. So that was kind of another reason, ah, why we marched. And I indicated all those things to, to Dr. King. And after he saw that I was determined to go, ah, you know Dr. King was a great guy. He said, Bob inasmuch as you're going, I wish you the best. So he really in that sense endorsed the march.