Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

WELL WHAT, JUST VERY SIMPLY, WHAT WERE THEY TRYING TO DO IF IT WASN'T SIT-INS YET, WHAT, WHAT, BETWEEN SAY ‘57 AND ‘60 IT WAS, WHAT WAS THE GENERAL…

C. T. Vivian:

Well, the idea was to understand the power of nonviolent direct action, as it had been proven in Montgomery. Now, how do, how do you keep that alive, how, do you make it real, how do you encourage other places to move? See what T mean? Those were the first steps. Uh, and uh, and those were its goals—understood Montgomery as the spearhead of a great nonviolent movement that could begin to eradicate ap- uh, apartheid, I'm glad he stopped, uh, uh, segregation, uh, uh, it had just, it had just…

[unintelligible][laughter]

C. T. Vivian:

Yes, see uh, uh, yes and no. Uh, uh, well, that's what I'm trying to show you though, is that some members of SCLC per se, [ was ] already involved nonviolently with the public foundation issues, all right?