Interview with Daniel Schorr
QUESTION 6
PAUL STECKLER:

Why don't you pick it up right there?

DANIEL SCHORR:

Okay.

PAUL STECKLER:

We want you to tell us where he'd been--

DANIEL SCHORR:

On the last day, one group of the people of Resurrection City were formed to march up to Capitol Hill to be arrested. They were led by Jesse Jackson. I walked along with them as we went up Independence Avenue towards the Capitol where we knew they were going to be stopped because the police had not issued a permit for them to come on the Capitol grounds. So this was going to be a planned confrontation with the police. Only later would I find out that, uh, Roger Wilkins, on behalf of Attorney General Ramsey Clark had planned all of that to give them a dignified exit from all of this. As we walked along on Independence Avenue, for the first time I heard something which I later heard many times again. Jesse Jackson, walking up and down along this line of people, shuffling on Independence Avenue, and he would go up to a group of them and he would say, "I am somebody. I am somebody." And they would say, "I am somebody." And then he would say, "Let's hear it again. I am somebody." And with this chant of "I am somebody," they finally came up to Capitol Hill, where the Chief of the Capitol Police were waiting. One by one they quietly submitted to arrest, were taken off in buses and booked for trespass on Capitol grounds. That was the end for them, not for Jesse Jackson.