Interview with Calvin Taylor

We're back at the march, it falls apart. And you get back, you're back on Beale Street or whatever, what did you see? What did you feel? What did you do? What do you remember?


Well, as I remember, when I got back everyone was still, it was still the mad dash from Main Street or what's called, it's Mid-America Mall today but it's, it was Main Street. Um, everyone was still running because the p--you know, the police were trying to get the marches I guess into one confined area. And I guess the area they were trying to get them into was back to Clayborne Temple. From you know, which was where the march began. Um, how did I personally feel? What did I personally do? Um, I remember they asked me at the Senate investigation hearing, "Did you throw a rock?" And I said, "In all honesty, yes, I did throw a rock." So that's what I did. I picked up a rock, a brick or bottle or two or three or four. I don't know how many. And I threw a couple, uh, because you have to understand that the march as far as I guess the Black community was concerned, even though they were not--and I don't think they were in favor of violence. I don't even think they had any inkling that violence was coming. There are years and years of frustration in terms of not only the sanitation workers aren't being treated fairly. I'm not being treated fairly. My uncle's not being treated fairly. It, it was just a release. And anytime anything's released there's just an outpouring, you know, an explosion type situation. And um, at, for, momentarily I felt a great deal of relief. I mean, if you want to know what I personally felt, yeah. Ah, I guess after tossing the first brick, rock, bock--bottle or whatever it is I tossed, um, the seriousness of what was happening then takes over. It's like people could really get hurt. People could really get killed because all of a sudden you notice that there's a person you know, with a bleeding head here. Or there's broken glass all around you. There's sh--you know, firings. I mean, you don't know if the police are firing in the air, firing--I mean, you don't know what's going. So then the seriousness of the situation sets in and so to some extent you're now afraid. You're trying to think of you know, what do I do to protect myself? And at the same time how do we keep this level of intensity going so that people know, you know, that, that we really mean business as it relates to seeking some relief for what we felt like was you know, mistreatment on the part of the White community.