Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 38
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT FEDERAL INTERVENTION? IT WAS VERY LATE IN BIRMINGHAM.

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

Almost too late and almost too little. But the, the government always wanted to calm things down and, and we wanted to keep things at attention. Create attention Martin called it. In order to get people to address the problems. They had to do it because they knew that we were going to get killed if they didn't move in to protect us. They didn't protect us as you can well see in some of them, Selma and Montgomery, the situation where there was white people got lost and all. But—and as we learned later how the CIA and FBI was being some of our worst enemies. But, in the main Federal presence helped a lot. I must say also, had it not been for the media and the press, a lot more of us would've been killed. So, I don't think that we can give Federal intervention 100% mark. They came because they had to, and they had to be there. And then, on the other hand, I have to say, that if it had not been the Kennedys in the White House with the Kings and others on the street, America wouldn't be the way it is today.