Interview with Bobby Rush
QUESTION 27
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Again, going back to seeking out protection--

BOBBY RUSH:

Well I think that one of the, the things that stands out most in my mind about that whole, the, the whole series of things that happened after Fred was murdered was that how the community responded. I mean, we just had enormous out--expressions of support. I mean, we've had, we had White folks from the suburbs who would come in and, and stand guard at our office, okay? During that period of time. We, of course there was about 25,000 people who marched through that apartment to see what was going on. And this whole period, you know, was, people were outraged that, that Fred, that Fred had been murdered in his sleep. And I--but there was also a, a feeling, a feeling of, of, of support and strength and protection that surrounded the, the, the Panthers, including myself. And that certainly was evidenced on the morning that I turned myself in. I turned myself in to literally, I mean, to the police, but in front of, you know, thousands of people. At least two or three thousand people who were at Operation Breadbasket at the time. And there was no other place in the world that I could have, could have, could have done that except there. Of course, Operation Push and private Operation Breadbasket has always served as, as a forum for a number of different things in the Black community. And this was not out of character with them. Ah, however, uh, there was even, not even any discussion about it there. We knew that we were going to turn ourselves in to Jesse Jackson and in to Operation Push- Operation Breadbasket at the time.

TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Okay. Cut.