Interview with Rev. Andrew Young
QUESTION 53
INTERVIEWER:

NOW SNCC HAD BEEN IN ALBANY BEFORE SCLC GOT THERE. AND YOU ARRIVED, ONCE AGAIN THERE'S A LITTLE POSITIONING. WHAT ROLES DID YOU PLAY?

Rev. Andrew Young:

Well, actually SNCC and SCLC had gone in together. Ah, a Freedom Ride going down to Albany and there users of SNCC and members of SCLC on that first Ride. Ah, SNCC took on the organization of the movement, and we tried to stay out of we tried to respect turf, but you really couldn't. And ah, because once something started everybody got involved. I think the tension there was between Wyatt Walker and Charlie Jones. Ah, and ah, Wyatt was a good, strong Baptist preacher that felt like-. in fact, Harry Belafonte was involved in that because Harry had given Wyatt some money, ah, to come, you know, for us to use together. And Wyatt insisted, as we all did in SCLC that ah, any monies that anybody received, ah, you brought receipts, you accounted for how it was spent, and ah, at that point the student .movement didn't have those kinds of financial controls. Ah, and people operated basically, ah, individually. They didn't get any money from anywhere, and ah, they used their own resources. So there was, ah, Wyatt refused to turn over the money unless they agreed, unless Charlie Jones agreed to account for it. He was head of the ah, project. And it wasn't any problem accounting for the money. it was just that here was a preacher telling a student what to do, ah, and he was insisting that he was as much a leader, ah… and they were both, again that was a case of the five to ten years difference. Ah, I was in the middle. And ah, when I first went to Albany, I guess I was really in the middle, because I ended up sleeping on a couch, ah, with Cordel Regan and ah Charles Sherrod. Ah, and ah, the couch pulled apart and I ended up falling down in the middle. Ah, but it was ah, well, ah, I was always being the mediator, interpreting one one group to the other.