Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

OK, REV. SHUTTLESWORTH, LET'S START OUT BY ASKING, WHEN DID YOU REALLY FEEL A PART OF A MOVEMENT, THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE OUT THERE BIGGER THAN YOU, MORE THAN AN INDIVIDUAL?

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

That's difficult to say when, you always feel as if you ought to be doing more than you're doing. Particularly when conditions are wrong, I guess, I felt that way beginning in '54, '55—first the need to vote in Birmingham, Alabama was very crucial and we were working with the civic clubs trying to get uh ditches covered, lights in Negro areas - we call ourselves Negroes then - voting in our church people as well as our community people to vote.