ONE OF THE VERY FIRST ENCOUNTERS THAT MIGHT HAVE TAKEN PLACE DOWN THERE WAS WHEN UH, SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF SNIC SAT IN AT THE TRAILWAYS BUS STATION TO TEST THE NEW ICC RULING ABOUT DESEGREGATION OF PUBLIC FACILITIES USED FOR INTERSTATE TRAVEL, AND THEY WERE ARRESTED, AND THAT CAUSED QUITE A CON…BIT OF UH, CONTROVERSY, THAT IT WAS A VIOLATION OF A FEDERAL LAW TO ARREST THEM. WHAT, WHY WASN'T IT A VIOLATION?
Well, they were not arrested on a federal charge, they were arrested on a city ordinance of failing to obey the orders of a law enforcement officer, uh, had nothing to do with interstate commerce. The SNICs were the original ones to come in to Albany, Georgia. They dealt mostly with the young people. So I would say that their arrival upon the scene and uh, going into the churches, talking to the young people, the college students, the high s…uh, school students - this started the Albany movement. Uh, this SNIC movement later coordinated with the Albany movement and from there, into Dr. King's movement.