Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 56
INTERVIEWER:

YOU HAD A LOT OF OUTSTANDING MOMENTS DURING YOUR TIME SPENT IN THE MOVEMENT DURING '54 AND '65, WHAT'S YOUR ONE OUTSTANDING MOMENT OF THAT TIME?

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

I doubt if I could answer that question. All of them were outstanding in some way or another. I like to think for the moment I was struck with the fire hoses and I thought I was dying for the 3rd, or 4th, 5th time. And God seemed to speak to me and said, "Not yet." I wandered into the hospital and came out the next day and saved the movement by refusing to agree with Dr. King and President Kennedy and others that we ought to call the meetings off because I knew if we didn't get a victory we wouldn't. If the merchants could ever come and say we didn't promise anything, all that work, all those three or four thousand people going to jail for nothing. I thought in, in retrospect, I think of that as one of the most glorious moments. There could be many.

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

That was a camera roll-out. No I'm sorry it wasn't a roll-out.