Interview with Arlie Schardt

Tell me what it was like when the leaders began to gather in numbers.


Well within hours after Meredith had been shot and was in the hospital in Memphis, ah, many of the top civil rights leaders from all over the country started flying in to Memphis and began meeting night and early the next morning, ah, they felt that, that this was an opportunity and also in a way a requirement, ah, to try to carry out the march that Meredith had begun and thereby regenerate, ah, the civil rights, ah, activism that had been flagging, ah, throughout the country, essentially since the, ah, Selma march and the passage of the Voters' Rights Bill, Voting Rights Act of 1965.