Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 63
INTERVIEWER:

SO LET'S START AGAIN, LET'S TALK ABOUT THE BOMBING, SAY "BOMBING" THIS TIME.

C. T. Vivian:

O.K., sure. Uh, one morning uh, uh, we were, students and ministers who were leading the movement, having a meeting at a Methodist church, Reverend Anderson's church right off of Fisk University campus. And uh, we heard uh, uh, uh, we had heard this huge bomb blast before we came, and uh, we began to think through what that meant. And uh, uh, when we left we left deciding to have a demonstration because we felt as though, that the, that the bombing of, of Looby's home could set off a great deal of violence in the city on one hand. On the other hand, it should have reached the conscience of the city fathers and made them realize something had to be done in that city. Uh, it was, Iit was such an outrageous act that it would, that it would, it could be very useful to a nonviolent movement then to move, O.K.? It was a uniting of the city, but the outcome would be decided by how in fact we channeled that energy, right? And we then had the first major march of the movement, okay? And uh, uh, and evidence is that we started at city limits. . .**