Interview with Charles Sherrod



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Charles Sherrod:

Another point I'd like to make is that this injunction that's given, that's pushed all out of proportion as far as we were concerned, uh, didn't have a great immobilizing effect on us. The very day of that injunction, if my time is correct on this, we had a mass meeting that night. Uh, I just about know I'm right, because any time something dramatic happens, I always call a mass meeting. We had a mass meeting that night, and that very night, I remember it very clearly, Reverend Samuel B. Wells, got up in the mass meeting, and we had talked before, because we talked about these things before we do them, most of the time. So a lot of things were spontaneous, but everything wasn't spontaneous. Reverend got up there, we called him black Jesus, he was a beautiful black man, big. He got up there and said, uh, he held up the petition, that the judge had handed down. He said, "I see Dr. King's name, and I see Dr. Anderson's name, and I see Charles Sherrod, and I see this, but I don't see Samuel Wells, and I don't see Mrs. Sue Samples, and I don't see Mrs. Rufus Grant, now where are those names?" And with that, and two or three other very colorful expressions, taken out of the great tradition of our church, he marched about 75 folk out of that church, and they went to jail that night. So the movement did not stall. We did not stop doing anything that we had, had been doing. And this, I don't know why the historians, and folk, they want to categorize things. So at that point, the movement stopped. At that point, we were unsuccessful. Now I can't help how Dr. King might have felt, or Wyatt T. might have felt, or Bernard Lee, or any of the rest of them in SCLC, NAACP, CORE, any of the groups felt, but as far as we were concerned, things moved on. We didn't, we didn't skip one beat.**