Interview with Andrew Young

Last question for this topic. By the time the march ended in Jackson, what were your feelings about the future of the movement? Was there any hope for unity?


I always felt that unity did not mean uniformity. In my own family, my parents were with the NAACP and Urban League, I was with SCLC, my brother had done some work with CORE. If we'd had a younger brother, he would've probably been in SNCC, and the diversity in the movement really expressed the age and cultural breadth of the movement. So I was never threatened by that. I knew we would, there would always be tension, but I knew we were always working toward the same goal, and as long as SCLC with Martin's leadership was strong enough and bold enough to be willing to support everybody, we didn't sell memberships to compete with the NAACP, we didn't go after government grants to compete with the Urban League, we didn't organize on college campuses to compete with SNCC. We saw ourselves as supporting everybody so everybody wanted Martin's support and SCLC's support but they'd usually get mad when we started getting credit. But they couldn't have done it without us and certainly it couldn't have been done without Martin Luther King. So that was just one of the burdens we live with. It's like the, the tensions one lives with, with a brother that one both loves and competes with all through life.


Lets stop it there for a second.


Where are we on this roll. Ah, lets see. Less than a minute.