Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 52
INTERVIEWER:

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON. AFTER BIRMINGHAM AND THAT TRIUMPH WENT ON TO A SUCCESSFUL VICTORY AND, ON WITH THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON. DO YOU EXPECT SOME—OR DID YOU EXPECT SOMETHING TANGIBLE TO COME OUT OF IT?

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

Yes. Now that was one time that we had the vice president, everybody, highest echelons of government, we were being quote protected, we were being, the movement was the thing and everybody was getting into it and we really thought here again, America's soul was so good that we're gonna just come on, do better because we oughta do better. We didn't. And, and, after the great march on Washington, King asked people to go back to your community and you must remember I said before, it was the hope of King that this would inspire other people, he said, now you can be a Martin Luther King, or Fred Shuttlesworth, or Abernathy if you stand up against freedom and organize in your community against freedom, against slavery and injustice and segregation. And so, I guess the need will always be there and people will always have to be aroused and it's only at special times in history that people will be aroused and make a massive movement but the need is always there.