Interview with Andrew Young

Did SCLC support the idea of an independent political party or did you feel that Black people should be loyal to the Democratic Party even with Wallace as its head in Alabama?


Well, Martin felt that Black people should always be in the mainstream of politics and that that meant being a part of the Democrat or the Republican Party. He was very suspicious of third party politics, and even though we had worked with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, our experience had been that they began to think that the symbolic process of an, an election was real power, and so the differences that we had over the Freedom Democratic Party in Atlantic City in '64 convinced us that we had to find a way to work with the Democrat and Republican Parties.