Interview with James E. Smith
QUESTION 3
PAUL STECKLER:

First of all, what Jackie was just talking about, what about the ministers?

JAMES E. SMITH:

As we walked there were presiding elders, bishop, pastors in, in this march. The pillars of the community. I couldn't believe that the police department would fire upon this crowd. We were law abiding citizens. And here we were trying to do something constructive. Pillars of the community. We had no axe to grind. But they fired upon us and that was the turning point. We were extremely angry. And if they would fire upon us they would fire upon anybody. Nobody was safe in Memphis**.