Interview with Mayor Joseph Smitherman
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

FINALLY THE MARCH WAS APPROVED, EVERYBODY FINALLY LEFT TOWN AND STARTED MARCHING, DID YOU THINK YOUR PROBLEMS WERE OVER THEN?

Mayor Joseph Smitherman:

Yeah, but they wasn't, they'd just really started because they had not gained anything at that time other than Lyndon Johnson announced that he was going to give them protection, they were going to march to Montgomery, and with the army and so forth and so on. Uh, but then, it fell back on the local leaders and Dr. King came back in and out of here on a number of occasions. And then you had the local leaders that uh, we had marches on and off for four, five years. And a pattern had been set, and uh,