Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

AND THEIR ROLES, WHAT WERE THEIR SPECIFIC ROLES THOUGH IN THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT?

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

Leadership. Inspiring people, and people followed at that particular time anybody that appeared to be going somewhere. At, at this time in history, blacks appeared to be, seeing somewhere they should go, or could go. And here was Martin leading with his voice, with his own personality. Willing to take the chances and they rallied the people, and of course, the Montgomery boycott was a success. They had to do the mechanics, get the carpools and other things, but people from all over the country rendered aid and support because this was a first, first time this has ever been done in the history of the United States like this. Particularly with the nonviolent aspect and point of view.