Interview with Robert Lucas
QUESTION 5
JUDY RICHARDSON:

When you talked about Dr. King and SCLC that one of the mistakes that they made was the injunctions and obeying the injunctions. Can you talk about that.

ROBERT LUCAS:

During the, the, the time of the, of, of the, ah, marches for, ah, open housing. When the marchers initially started, ah, ah, we, we, ah, marched, when we wanted to, as long as we wanted to, and, and with as many people as we could mobilize. But, ah, the marches were something that really caught Daley and the city off-guard and they really didn't know how to deal with them. So, ah, and there were all kinds of complaints going into City Hall and, and, in other places for the marches to, to stop. Well Daley really knew that he couldn't stop the marches because of the First Amendment. So what he did was, ah, he got an injen- an injunction seeking to, you know, curb the marches. That is, ah, the, the injunction indicated, ah, that we couldn't march, ah, during, ah, rush hours, you know, and, ah, we could only have X number of people, ah, in the marches. Well me being from the militant wing of, of the Civil Rights Movement, ah, ah, I thought, we thought that, ah, it was really a test of wills. So many of felt, and even felt that they, of Dr. King had really broke the injunction, that we think that things would have happened much faster. That is, we, we think that perhaps there would have been some open housing in Chicago, inasmuch as we were marching for it. But inasmuch, ah, inasmuch as he didn't break the injunction, one would never know. But I just, I think they should have broken the injunction.