Interview with Richard Valeriani
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

DID LEADERS OFTEN DESIGN CERTAIN THINGS TO GET MEDIA ATTENTION?

Richard Valeriani:

I think that a lot of what was done was designed to get media attention, but of course in those days, we didn't call it media, it was press attention. And television really wasn't as important or as, didn't have as much impact as it does today. I think that obviously the movement leaders decided to go to Birmingham because Bull Connor was there and they decided to go to Selma because Jim Clark was there. And they knew how Bull Connor would react and they knew how Jim Clark would react and they knew how that would affect the rest of the nation. So in that sense yes I think there was an overall strategy. Within that overall strategy obviously there were certain tactics, the nonviolence, the confrontations and all of that. But as far as how the day to day coverage would play, I don't think they were quite that sophisticated.