Interview with Daniel Schorr
QUESTION 3
PAUL STECKLER:

Okay, so we're in late May in Resurrection City, and you're covering the March at the Agriculture Department, and you're talking about, you're becoming aware of Jesse Jackson. Just what happened when he got there?

DANIEL SCHORR:

As part of our continuing coverage of Resurrection City, the Poor People's March, which by now had become my continuing assignment for CBS. On this day, they organized the march up to the Department of Agriculture. They had been there before but several hundred people went up there. On this occasion, we'd not been forewarned; on this occasion they went down to the cafeteria, lined up, took trays, went through the line, and everybody said, "Reverend Jackson will pay." There was a Reverend Jesse Jackson there. I had not been really aware of him very much before. He had come into the whole Poor People's Campaign rather late, late from Chicago. What he did was to collect all these checks from these, that these people had for their food, adding up to a few hundred dollars, and then announcing that they weren't going to pay, that this was something which the government owed the poor people of America. It didn't sit well, I was told, with the leadership of the Poor People's March headed by the Reverend Ralph Abernathy with the result that Jackson then disappeared for a week. I was told he was sent back to Chicago. He later reappeared on the scene in time for the wind-up of the Poor People's March leading some of the people up to Capitol Hill to be arrested.

PAUL STECKLER:

Now it was on this march that he was leading people--

DANIEL SCHORR:

Yes.

PAUL STECKLER:

DANIEL SCHORR:

I can just add that.