Interview with Rev. Frederick Reese
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

THIS PULLED MORE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE INTO THE STRUGGLE?

Rev. Frederick Reese:

More middle class people certainly. This um, march by teachers, middle-class uh population, teachers, the largest profession uh, professional group in the city and county then uh, enlisted others to come and join uh, in the movement. There were all kinds of groups after the teachers march then the undertakers got a group and they marched, the beauticians got a group, they marched. Everybody marched after the teachers marched because the teachers had more influence than they ever dreamed in the community.** And those students who had been arrested in 1964 and 65 then saw their teachers marching, so that teachers uh, participating in demonstrations and so forth, and this just uh, was a turning point in the momentum for that movement. After those teachers marched then, everything just uh, went upstream.