Interview with Rev. Frederick Reese
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

WAS THERE A LOT OF EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR BECAUSE KING WAS IN TOWN AND THIS WAS GOING TO BE SOMETHING PROMISING FOR THE COMMUNITY.

Rev. Frederick Reese:

There was a lot of excitement, yes. Uh, Dr. King had a very dynamic, uh, uh, magnetic personality. Uh, he could uh, draw people, uh, many people wanted to not only see him but to be a part of any meeting that uh, he shared because he was an inspiration uh, he was very articulate, uh, very uh, in a sense convincing uh, to remove the fears that people might have had in standing up for the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and to opening the eyes of people to their rights and so forth and somehow injecting into them a commitment to want to go and to do those things that they felt would be necessary to obtain the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. So therefore, there was a lot of excitement on that particular day, and of course a lot of skepticism, not knowing what was going to happen, however, uh, the kind of uh, inspiration that was received in all of these mass meeting is like the you know, the Indians when before they would go to war, they would have a war dance and they would get, uh, you know spirited uh for the battle. And these mass meetings served as that type of thing. And so once you get in a mass meeting with Dr. King and other persons who were there, uh, you, you just kind of picked up a kind of commitment and you wanted to come to the next mass meeting and you then uh, sensed the kind of commitments the others have, you want to become involved and that's the kind of spirit that was exhibited in that January 2nd meeting.