Interview with John McDermott

How did you personally feel when you learned that Dr. King was going to come to Chicago and stay for a while?


Well I felt great. But after all, we sort of knew each other. We had gone to, ah, Albany. We had sent people to Albany. We had been to Washington in '63. I was the Director of the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago in those days and we gave Dr. King our annual award in the fall of '64 and he made a great speech and it was a terrific success. So we felt we were friends or allies and, ah, we knew him. And after all we had been lobbying and angling and, and, ah, promoting the union for some time. So we, ah, we were delighted when he said, I'm really, I'm, we're coming North and we're coming to Chicago. We thought it was terrific.