Interview with Charles Sherrod


Charles Sherrod:

The reason that we called our movement the Albany movement was to make sure that no one finger did all the pointing. We wanted this to be a movement, not a SCLC project, not a SNCC project. We could have easily made this the SNCC Southwest Georgia project. That's what we always wrote back to our office. But you can't find in any newspaper, any magazine, or anywhere, where we promoted that Albany project as a project. It was always a movement. It was an umbrella so that everybody had to come under that umbrella. And it would not have had the power, if all the authority had been into one, in uh… with the judgment of one individual. We needed to make certain mistakes. We needed to, to draw back, to retreat, and then come back again. It was a war. Though it was a nonviolent war, but it was indeed a war. The people of Albany related to us because we were sensitive people. Now we were young people, but we were not babies. We were not carefree. We were not insensitive. We were thinking young adults, and they respected us. And when we made judgments, and when we made mistakes, people who had come to know us felt that they could say, look, Sherrod, I think this is a mistake for us to such and such a thing. And there was give and take, as in any movement, that's needed. Uh… my mind went…