Interview with Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

COULD YOU DO ME FAVOR, START THAT AGAIN AND PUT EMMETT TILL IN THE SENTENCE SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW, ‘CAUSE REMEMBER THEY WON'T BE HEARING MY VOICE.

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth:

The fact that people all over was concerned about progress, and the fact that Emmett Till, a young black man could be found floating down the river in Mississippi as indeed many had been done over the years, just set in concrete the determination of people to move forward. And I think, we said back there, that really, only God, only the books in heaven can know how many Negroes have come up missing and dead and killed under the system in which we lived.** I think only God's book can show that. But it's, it, it set us forward on a move we couldn't go back from. We had to challenge.