Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 50
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT KEPT PEOPLE FROM USING GUNS IN BIRMINGHAM?

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

Well, in the first place, we had been speaking against violence and against force and we tried to live that. You know, we even said in the, in the demonstrations, don't carry rocks, we collected knives and guns and we even said to people, I would say this especially, don't even carry a toothpick, you might scratch yourself and think somebody else did it. We tried to practice nonviolence in action as well as in deed. There were times people wanted to fight, and people are people you must remember, but you have to drill into people that this is a movement and it's amazing how much discipline people can exercise when they realize they must do it this way in order to gain an appointed end.