Interview with William Rutherford

What do you remember about the last days of Resurrection City? What stands out to you?


The last days of Resurrection City were like being in the camp of a defeated army... the battle of the court. And they had lost.** I think the spirit went out of people. There were people there who had no place to go. People who had come to Washington, had come to Resurrection City with a great deal of hope and who had none left. Ah, when I say it was like Little Big Horn of the Civil Rights Movement, in fact it was the end of the hopes and dreams of many, many people who had come from various parts of the country to participate. It was a very sad, depressed and depressing, ah, scene altogether. You may remember that we had terrible weather at the time. The city was bogged down in mud and rain. Resurrection City was as bad as any battlefield, ah, there could have been in any of the great wars with the foot soldiers slogging through the mud. It was a thoroughly depressed and depressing place and in effect for me, it began the long decline of the Civil Rights Movement.