Interview with Calvin Taylor

Now, you tell me the most people were surprised about the fact that there was violence on the march? Were you surprised?


Not exactly. I knew that the march had all the potential in the world for violence. Ah, and when I say that the people were surprised, I mean in the sense of it actually happened. Not in the sense of will it happen or should it happen or do we want it to happen. Ah, at that time, um, our group, the Invaders, were very active in the community. We were very active in the high schools. We knew who our members were, so to speak, for lack of a better word, because we did not have as such a membership card-carrying identification type situation. That we just, the people that we called members or, were more in the sense of belonging to the same cause. We all felt like we needed to correct what was happening, uh, with Blacks in the city. So there wasn't a thing of, "Do you have your card and did you pay your dues?" So not members in that sense. But, um, we were aware of the fact that, that, that, uh, there had been a great deal of talk about it. I mean, you know, I mean it was the urgings of, um, the national militant leadership at the time that we must you know, be prepared for violence. So it wasn't, it wasn't anything strange to us, um, in that sense.