Interview with Rev. Orloff Miller


Rev. Orloff Miller:

What was it all for? Why did we go to Selma? Why was there a march to Montgomery? Ostensibly for voting rights. We'd had students and others in the South for more than a year trying to help people register to vote and they weren't being allowed to register in Selma and that's why the march from Selma to Montgomery so that people could go to the courthouse and register to vote and be recognized and not have to take some crazy literacy test. And Selma, the march from Selma to Montgomery made possible that change from that time on, from that fall on, people began to register in great numbers and eventually they did vote and I am glad to know now that there are some blacks on the City Council in Selma, Alabama. That things have changed. Sheriff Clark is no more. I understand he died an alcoholic, I'm sorry about that, I'd hoped one day to actually meet the man. I've always wanted to go back to Walker's Cafe and take my children back there, have a chance to see Selma as it is today, how much more nearly integrated community. Oh there's still problems in Selma, lots of problems. And there are problems in the North too, but America was never the same after that march from Selma to Montgomery. We recognized we had a responsibility for one another thereafter and it wasn't them and us, it was all of us together. Black and white together. And I'm glad I was a part of that struggle.