Interview with Diane Nash
QUESTION 38
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WAS GOING TO DO? WAS THERE A PLAN TO THEN FORCE THEM INTO SOME SORT OF ACTION, WAS THAT A PART OF THE PLAN THEN, TO GET THEM TO RESPOND TO —

Diane Nash:

As I recall, there was some—different individuals had different feelings about that. Of course, our whole, right—our whole way of operating was that we took ultimate responsibility for what we were going to do, so we made our decisions, and then we told the federal government what that would be. It was felt that they should be advised in Washington, of what our plans were and what we were going to do, and we certainly made sure that they did know what we were going to do. Some people hoped for protection from the federal government. I—I think Jim Lawson was—he cautioned against relying on hoping for federal protection.