Sunday, April 6 2014, 10:15 PM MDT
Web Exlcusive: Civil Rights Movement
SHAUNA LAKE: I understand that you were close with Dr. Martin Luther King...
REV. DAVIS: I met Dr. King, interviewed Dr. King, marched with him on the march from Selma to Montgomery, was there when he delivered his most important and memorable speech, "I have a dream."
SHAUNA LAKE: What did that feel like to be a part of that?
REV. DAVIS: It was thrilling for me. I was a college student in those days, and in those days just being around a person who was well-educated who was influential, who was making a difference in the world and in fact changing the world for the good was just exciting for me.
SHAUNA LAKE: And those were such interesting times, and I think a lot of people can't really relate to probably the heat of the moment and especially where you were. What did that make you feel like as an African-American in that time and where you were?
REV. DAVIS: Well I was in Georgia and in Alabama, the hotbed of discrimination and separation, and the place that needed the greatest change because in addition to the hotbed of the problem, it was also the place that had the most negative response, the Klan and other groups like that. So on one hand it was exciting, but on the other hand it was a fearful sort of place to be because you never knew who you were dealing with during the daytime because at night it may be the same person covered up under a Klansman's uniform.
SHAUNA LAKE: Reverend how did that make you feel as a person? You strip away the ministry and all those things, as an African-American man in that time, what did that feel like?
REV. DAVIS: Well for me it was fulfilling. It was the opportunity to say to my family, "I am a participating, contributing part of this family," and I felt like I was making a difference. And that's been the history until now.
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