"Like one usher told me, 'Leave Christ out of this. This is my church.'"

Ed King: We've been in despair in the movement, we've been defeated, Medgar has been murdered, everything we've attempted has been destroyed: Birmingham churches, bombings, people look back with euphoria on Martin's speech. We couldn't look on that speech for years with euphoria, at least until after '64 summer. His speech was answered with the church bombing in Birmingham and the Civil Rights Movement had no answers… we did not have non-violent thousands of people go to jail because we left it to Washington and then Kennedy was killed and so on. In that fall, not only were we visiting churches here, any demonstration meant instant arrest, usually brutality, we had learned for a number of months, through the summer of 63, that you could go to a white church and have a discussion about Christianity. They wouldn't let you in, but then you could say 'why'. Like one usher told me, 'Leave Christ out of this. This is my church.' For a number of weeks, we would have these things going on church steps. Police didn't dare arrest us because we weren't demonstrating. The church wouldn't ask that we be arrested. We would have people come to the church and turn around and leave and not go inside, and just say, 'We support you.'… sometimes you'd have people standing on church just sobbing because they were understanding something. Finally the police moved in because there was so much of this dialogue going on the church steps. 2 or 3 blacks and 5 or 6 whites standing around. The blacks just wouldn't leave politely when they were refused entrance, but never trying to force the doors.