Interview with Arlie Schardt

Tell me about something that you observed in the midst of all this. Was there a particular moment that was sort of touching, or?


Well, one, ah, moment in, ah, that was, that was, that was very touching in, ah, Granada which was, which had been, ah, for many years one of the most violent places in, in the South, scene of many terrible incidents. Ah, ah, Dr. King, ah, took part in a negotiating session one afternoon with town officials in the court house and several hundred, ah, local Blacks had a, had gathered in the court house to watch this. It was just an unbelievable spectacle of, of seeing Black leaders sitting down with these powerful local White officials and, ah, hammering out, ah, agreements that they never, ever would have dreamed were going to take place, such as the, ah, evening registration and, and in Granada they even wound up, ah, adding four Blacks to the staff of officials who, who did the registering. And, and by the end of the week that, ah, the march had gone through Granada something like 900 Blacks had registered to vote. I think before that there were about 690, ah, had been registered in all the years before that. So in some places it turned into a very successful voting, uh, registration effort.


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