We don't want to integrate!!
"March: Book Three" by John Lewis
February 10, 2017
We don't want to integrate!!
Four little children murdered in the House of the Lord. How could our quest for human dignity spawn such evil?
Governor George Wallace had started his term declaring " segregation forever," and two weeks before the bombing, he was quoted in the paper saying, "What this country needs is a few first-class funerals."
Jim Clark was the sheriff of Dallas County. He was mean, violent, and easiy provoked.
Sheriff Clark, and Al Lingo of the Alabama State Troppers, led the brutal response, which provoked local teenagers to picket the next day in front of the county courthouse.
The next demonstration in front of the Dallas County Courthouse resulted in 30 arrests.
SNCC had already been growing apart from the mainstream of the movement. We were younger and, by their accounts, more radical.
Lowenstein had compared the conditions in Mississippi to those in South Africa under apartheid, so he and Bob Moses modeled their idea after a similar effort by South African activists.
The speech I gave that night became a eulogy for our slain president.
I'll admit, I had some preconceived notions about President Johnson. He was a Southerner -- a Texan -- which made me suspicious.
Pour in thousands of students and force a showdown between local and federal governments.
The motion passed unanimously.
...But that didn't stop the violence we faced. We made a direct appeal to President Johnson and Attorney General Robert Kennedy for intervention.
John Lewis!! You... You're nothin' but an outside agitator.
A movement is fueled by passion.
It is essential that this convention repudiate, here and now, any doctrinaire, militant minority -- whether Communist, Ku Klux Klan, or Bircher -- which would subvert this party purposes alien to the very basic tenets which gave this party birth.
For all the disenfranchised millions of this earth -- whether they be in Mississippi, Alabama, behind the Iron Curtain, floundering in the mire of South Africa apartheid, or freedom-seeking person in Cuba who have now gone three years with an election....
After their testimony, the delegates went back to their hotel where they learned that President Johnson had pre-empted Mrs. Hamer's testimony with a trumped-up press conference. They were incensed.
Harry Belafonte invited a delegation from SNCC to accompany him on a three-week trip to Africa to speak to young people and share ideas about what we were doing in the American south.
Assumptions of male superiority are as widespread and deep-rooted, and every much as crippling to the woman as assumptions of white supremacy are to the negro.
We will hold a mass meeting on January 2nd to break Judge Hare's injunction and concentrate our efforts on voter registration and mass demonstrations in Dallas County.
This courthouse is a serious place of business! You seem to think it's Disneyland or somethin' on parade. You came to make a mockery of this courthouse and we are not going to have it!
I want Dr. King to know that I didn't come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really do think my presence could make it easier if the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they'll be more willing to hear him out.
Malcolm X has been assassinated by a group of armed gunmen in New York City. I had my differences with Malcolm, but after seeing him in Africa I was filled with grief over what could have been for him.
Jimmie Lee Jackson's funeral service was held on March 3rd. He was murdered by the brutality of every sheriff who practiced lawlessness in the name of the law.
It will be detrimental to your safety to continue this march.
Ninety-five years ago, our constitution was amended to require than no American be denied the right to vote because of race or color. Almost a century later, many Americans are kept from voting, simply because they are negroes. Therefore, this Monday, I will send to the Congress a request for legislation to carry out this amendment to the Constitution.
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