Interview with Andrew Young

Why did SCLC decide to bring its non-violence campaign North?


I think that the reason, more than anything else, that motivated, let me start that over. I think the thing that bugged Martin the most was the fact that Robert Kennedy said that the problems in the North existed because the leadership in the South hadn't paid any attention to the North. And it was an unfair charge, a charge I disagreed with, but it was a charge that Martin took seriously. And so he wanted to go to a northern city basically to prove that non-violence could work in the North. And Bevel and Bernard Lafayette were in Chicago, and there was already a good support base with the City Commission Society, with the CCC organization with Bill Berry and the Urban League, and, and Martin just felt that if we've got to go North, let's go on to Chicago.