Interview with Charles Sherrod
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

YOU HAD A MOMENTUM GOING THERE, QUITE BY YOURSELVES, SNCC HAD, WITH THE PEOPLE, YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WANTED, THE MOMENTUM WAS GOING. HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN DR. ANDERSON DECIDED TO CALL DR. KING IN?

Charles Sherrod:

When that the… when the decision, well, it's running so I don't have to go into that. Uh… when the decision was made by the movement to call in Dr. King, we had about 500 to 700 people already in jail. And by that time, uh, I was already in jail. And Cordell was in jail. The two, two, you know the two of us were in jail. There was only one of our group left out. So the question of how I felt, when that decision was made, was uh, sort of non-existent, because there was no feeling, you know, I was in jail. And I was in jail to stay, until the others, and I had programmed everybody to follow me in jail. That I was not coming out of jail. That we were going to break the system down from within. You know, their ability, our ability to suffer, was somehow going to overcome their ability to hurt us.