Interview with Rev. Andrew Young
QUESTION 29
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT THE DECISION OF TURN-AROUND TUESDAY? CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT WAS BEHIND THE DECISION NOT TO GO THE WHOLE WAY?

Rev. Andrew Young:

Well, um, after the beating on the bridge, we immediately sent out a call for our friends. We… we didn't think we could provide, we could count on police protection. People said we should send in the National Guard. We didn't think that they would send in the National Guard to protect black people. And so we sent out a call by, to people of good will,** and we sent it through the Commission on Religion and Race. We sent it through the Conference of Catholic Bishops. We sent it through the Rabbinical Association, and the Synagogue Councils of America. And we literally ended up with hundreds of people coming down, ah, you know, I think it was the following Tuesday, or soon, shortly afterwards. Well in the meantime, we had gone into the court, to ask Judge Johnson for a restraining order, to restrain the police from stopping us and giving us permission to march. And Judge Johnson was a fair judge, but he enjoined us against attempting to march, until he had a time to hear the case and settle it. So really for us to march, ah, would have been in violation of a federal court injunction from a judge that had always been fair with us.