Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth


Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

It was, it was something new that you could stand up and challenge that there was a possibility of victory. See, segregation had sort of painted walls like a prison you can't get out. There's no help, there's no hope, and you [sic] just in forever. But here was something we could do, we could stay off the buses, you know, and we could hit the system, we could challenge what was killing us. And here was Dr. King's eloquence, his voice, his personality and, and I remember being that whole street that night when they first organized. You couldn't get to the church. And, my being from Birmingham, I had a chance to speak, and others had a chance to speak and we pledged community support. I believe Lauer was there from Montgomery and many other people the night that they all organized. But Birmingham pledged support and indeed we did try from Birmingham to give Montgomery Improvement Association any help we could.