Interview with Wyatt Tee Walker
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

BIRMINGHAM ON THIS NEXT ONE. WHAT WAS THE SOURCE OF THE TENSION IN YOUR ESTIMATION IN ALBANY?

Wyatt Tee Walker:

The root of the tension in Albany was connected to what I said earlier, is that…

INTERVIEWER:

Uh…

Wyatt Tee Walker:

No?

INTERVIEWER:

DON'T SAY WHAT YOU SAID EARLIER. JUST SAY WHAT IT IS.

Wyatt Tee Walker:

The root of the tension at Albany had to do with the absence of Dr. King having veto power on the strategy, e.g. the bus company indicated its willingness to desegregate the buses when there was a court decision. SNCC's posture was all a loaf or none. The result was that the bus company went bankrupt, and the black people who made up seventy percent of its ridership were inconvenienced, and the Albany Movement had no semblance of a victory. And that was, that caused the morale to deteriorate. Had Dr. King had the right of veto, he was…have acknowledged that this is not what we want. We can't have the buses desegregate tomorrow morning, but at least you've got the commitment of the bus company to desegregate when we get the ruling. And it had been…already been a legislative precedent in the Montgomery bus protest. So it would not have been of such long duration. And it was that that produced the tension along with some other minor things.