James Bevil, Oral History

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Title

James Bevil, Oral History

Subject

James Bevil
History

Description

Interview with Rev. James Bevil, major leader of the 1960 Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Interviewed live in the WJLD studios by Bob Friedman

Creator

James Bevil
Bob Friedman

Publisher

Birmingham Black Radio Museum

Date

March 17. 2007

Contributor

Emily Bibb
Jeff Hayes

Format

JPG
MP3
PDF

Language

English

Identifier

BevilOH

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Bob Friedman

Interviewee

James Bevil

Location

WJLD studios, Birmingham AL

Transcription

Transcript of audio snippet:

James Bevil: The first thing that we probably need to do…Bobby D you keep talking about history. See history is a science and if you don’t have history and sociological science you can’t make things happen. So what we first need to do is really go back and extract the science out of the 60s. And what I mean by that. Let’s take the Wright Brothers. You see this Kitty Hawk flying, right? Well something scientific is going on. So you need to find out exactly what these Wright Brothers are doing, so you can replicate it. What they’re doing has nothing to do with their personality; it has to do with science. So what was going on in the 60s had nothing to do with our personalities…now we’re not some magnetic, charismatic, angelic guys. No, we’re some American citizens who discovered that the American constitutional democratic process actually works. That’s what we discovered. But it takes the courage and the honesty to make it work. So we said “Ok, it looks like you’re going to lose your life every time, but you’ve gotta be honest and sincere about what you’re doing, then do it.” So you have to learn that science. Now, then once you learn the science, then we can apply it to the whole question of education. Now let me go back to the sociological science. These guys said – see America is built on a science – now the guys who put the science together signed off on it, saying “We give our lives, our fortune, and our sacred honor.” That’s a total commitment to the idea. Most people don’t want to give that much, but you’d have to say “Wait a minute; we must educate our children. And to this end I give my life, my fortune, and sacred honor.” Now you gotta understand, in America, when you have self-governance you don’t have a king and you don’t have a dictator, the citizens are the authority.

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Citation

James Bevil and Bob Friedman, “James Bevil, Oral History,” The Birmingham Black Radio Museum, accessed July 18, 2018, http://thebbrm.org/document/32.

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