James Bevel: There was the Atlanta crew, ABC, NBC. There was the New Orleans crew. It’s like every camera in the state was there poised to take pictures -- still shots, rolling cameras. It was like, these guys ain’t crazy enough to do that, I know. I heard this screaming and then I could see the tear gas. These guys actually rode their horses all the way back, hassling and beating people and rode their horses up on the steps of the church, rode their horses up on people’s back steps at the housing projects and was just riding around generally beating people. And these were the local guys who were, you know, generally members of the Ku Klux Klan, this kind of stuff. So they was there just hassling people.
Did You Know?
To increase national awareness of the voter's rights movement, many celebrities performed at "The Stars for Freedom" rally at the St. Jude Complex in Montgomery, AL, including Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary, Mahalia Jackson, and Joan Baez and a host of others.