Interview with Burke Marshall
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

DO YOU REMEMBER UM, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REACTION WHEN HE LEARNED THAT BY THE KLAN?

Burke Marshall:

Uh, we were not surprised by that, the attorney general was not surprised by that, I was not surprised by that. Uh, we, we did uh, we, we weren't totally ignorant. I said we were somewhat ignorant, but we weren't totally ignorant. Uh, we were aware of the student movement based in Nashville, uh, the uh, freedom rides did not or- originate with that, uh, but the student movement in Nashville at that time, principally at Fisk University uh, was the center of the sit-in. And it was inconceivable to me, and I, I, I remember in particular, John [?], who was from Nashville, a newspaper man, who was then the Executive Assistant to the Attorney General, saying - that those students: Diane Nash, James [?], the s- the students in, in Nashville would never let it drop, whatever CORE, itself as an institution, decided to do. And, and that prediction was true, and so we expected it, we, we could expect uh, that the uh, students would let violence pr- prevent uh, an action that was not only just and right, but was completely protected legally in the Constitution.