Interview with Rev. Andrew Young


Rev. Andrew Young:

he weakness of the Albany Movement was that it was tally unplanned and we were totally unprepared, and ah, it was a miscalculation on the part of a number of people, ah, that a spontaneous appearance by Martin Luther King could bring change. Ah, that it wasn't just a spontaneous appearance by Martin Luther King, ah, it was the planning, the organizing, the strategy that he brought with him that brought change. And the weakness was not understanding that. The strength was more powerful and beautiful people. Ah, Albany was one of those areas where blacks seemed to be still intact culturally. Ah, W.E.B. DuBois talks about Albany in Soul of Black Folk. Ah, Ray Charles comes from down in Albany. Ah the singing, the folklore, ah, had a kind of indigeneous power to it that meant that you couldn't walk away from Albany