Interview with Rev. Andrew Young
QUESTION 18
INTERVIEWER:

MAYOR JOSEPH SMITHERMAN?

Rev. Andrew Young:

Joseph Smitherman, ah, a good ole boy, and a mayor who was neither hot nor cold, just lukewarm. He couldn't do anything particularly courageous, but neither was he particularly evil or bad. The irony of it is he survived and is still the Mayor of Sel… of Selma, and I bump into him at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and at the National League of Cities and we reminisce about old times. But we used to talk then, ah, and he was not the kind of madman that Jim Clark was. He was just a man who was caught in a trap and didn't have the personal strength or courage to, or even the… the wisdom to make any changes. He was sort of swept away, along with the tide.