Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

I WANT YOU TO FINISH THAT UP BRIEFLY AND ALSO TELL ME WHY MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS CHOSEN AS, TO LEAD THE SCLC AT THAT TIME.

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

Well, we were talking about the soul of America. We found out it wasn't righteous, and if it was to be made righteous, we had to bring people together from the different areas, Tallahassee, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Montgomery, and some other places, very few other places. I believe there were ten states involved. And work on the south of America. Dr. King was chosen because he, more than anybody else, represented the spokesmanship. He was qualified, he was, he was the only black at that time, that had a Ph.D, and not only that, but the, the Montgomery protest had given him, had projected him into national prominence. And so, he was the man, more than that I think God had chosen him to be the spokesman for the movement.