Interview with Roger Wilkins
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

So if you could start --

ROGER WILKINS:

Right after Resurrection City was emptied out, it, I was told to go up to 14th and U by the Attorney General because there was an incipient riot. When I got there the intersection was all filled with volatile young people who clearly wanted to start a riot. And I looked around and up on the back of a flat-bed truck there was young Jesse Jackson, who was about 26 years old at the time. And he was preaching. And he was saying, that, you know, "I am somebody. If you're somebody, you don't riot. Say after me, 'I am somebody.'" And this is the first time--"If you are somebody, you go out and you build strong Black people. Say after me, 'I am somebody.'" What Jesse was doing was preaching the riot out of those people, and he was taking--