Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 126
INTERVIEWER:

O.K., SO JUST GIVE ME THAT SHORT BIT ABOUT YOUR, YOUR LEADING THAT MARCH.

C. T. Vivian:

Um hum. Uh, we had gathered then to uh, to protest uh, we'd gathered in Brown Chapel Church basement where the clergy gathered all the time—I was in charge of clergy during summer. And we organized our demonstration, came up out of the basement, started down the street, and a normal- we expected to- it not to be stopped, or if at all stopped, we'd be stopped by Clark downtown. No sooner had we gotten out of the church good, and we were stopped by Baker, and a whole group of his posse, who was across, of his, of not posse really, of his, of his uh, regular policemen, And they were across the street and they wouldn't let us go. We tried to cut across the street and they would not let us do that. They, they hemmed us in uh, uh, and uh, and then that began the Selma Wall as we stopped there, because we were, the forces were meeting eye to eye, and uh, and we later called it "the Selma Wall."