Interview with Andrew Young

If we can start by going through the fact that the SCLC is trying to do a lot of different things, that as the marches continued was there pressure to settle?


SCLC went to Chicago to see if nonviolence would work in the North, and so we were doing a number of things. The marches were only one. The marches were part of an open-housing effort. But we were also trying to end slums and create home-ownership opportunities for poor people. We were trying to generate jobs. We were trying to do voter registration. We were trying to integrate the economic opportunities through Operation Breadbasket, which was Jesse Jackson's project. And all of these were working enough for us to know that we could do many of the same things in the North that we'd done in the South. But Chicago was so much bigger than any city that we'd worked in in the South. We knew we couldn't do them all at the same time and that we couldn't sustain an aggressive movement as long as, you know, much longer. So we were trying to find a way to wind it up** and maybe institutionalize it, get some settlement and some response and agreements from Daley, and, and then commit to a slow, long-term change period.