Interview with Rev. Andrew Young
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

I NEED TO GO BACK TO AROUND TUESDAY. WHEN THE MARCHERS OPENED THEIR LINES, WHAT DID YOU THINK? THERE WAS ONE POINT WHEN—I'M SORRY, NOT THE MARCHERS—THE TROOPERS OPENED THEIR LINES, AND AS IF, TO POINT… TO OPEN THE WAY TO MONTGOMERY, THAT WAS, OF COURSE, YOU COULDN'T HAVE KNOWN THAT.

Rev. Andrew Young:

No, in fact I don't recall them opening their lines. I mean we had made a decision in advance that we were going to the place where people had been beaten, and we were going to stop, and we were going to turn around. So whatever they did, ah, that's what we were going to do. We never let our tactics be dictated by the opposition. We'd decide in advance what we were going to do. We told anybody and everybody what we were going to do. I think part of the problem there was we had a lot of people that had flown in ah, who had no… who didn't have very much briefing. They didn't really know what the movement was all about in detail, and they didn't have any sense of us having a long-range strategy. They had seen an incident. They responded to an immediate crisis and they wanted to be a part of the excitement of that crisis, and they felt disappointed.