Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

WE HAVE HEARD FROM SOME OF HISTORIANS THAT ONLY 10% OF THE BLACK POPULATION IN BIRMINGHAM PARTICIPATED IN THE, IN THE MOVEMENT, THOUGH ONE GETS THE IMPRESSION LOOKING AT FILMS THAT THERE WERE MANY MORE THAN THAT. TELL, TELL US WHAT WAS THE REAL SITUATION.

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

At one time, and at any time, there are always more people for right than will get into a movement to project right. We are sent to goodness, all of us, very few people stand up for goodness. That's the tragedy of our generation. But when a movement gets on, catches on fire, so that it is winning, then everybody feels and trying to get into it. It did start off with very few people and, but when it got rolling, we had people who were in the middle class. Doctor's wives, lawyer's wives, and others going to jail, school teachers, all, yes.