Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 29
INTERVIEWER:

YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT BULL CONNOR IN YOUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES WITH HIM, CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE?

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

He's a person that, if you saw his picture on TV, he'd look much larger than he was. He was a low affair, I don't think he was as tall as I was and certainly not as thick as I was. He had one eye, he was rough. Bull Connor had a, kind of a rough, raspy voice. He used to announce ball games and, as I've said before, he thought that by talking loud and rough he could make people afraid of him. He thought he could hold back the sun. And many white people in Birmingham thought that, I never thought that. I thought he was a man and, that once light, darkness is challenged by light. The light is designed to overcome darkness. I always thought Bull Connor was more than a voice. More of a voice that frightened people, than he was a substance that kept people in the dark.