At the morning before the Good Friday March, King was hand delivered an injunction that strictly forbade parading, boycotting, demonstrating, trespassing, picketing, kneel-ins, wade-ins, and encouraging or inciting any of the above acts. But again I am thankful to God that some noble souls from the ranks of organized religion have broken loose from the paralyzing chains of conformity and joined us as active partners in the struggle for freedom.
Despite decades of disagreements, when the photos were released, "the black community was instantaneously consolidated behind King", according to David Vann, who would later serve as mayor of Birmingham. In Birmingham, their campaign tactics focused on more narrowly defined goals for the downtown shopping and government district.
There was a time when the church was very powerful--in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. The editor of The Birmingham World, the city's black newspaper, called the direct actions by the demonstrators "wasteful and worthless", and urged black citizens to use the courts to change the city's racist policies.
Boys' shirts were ripped off, and young women were pushed over the tops of cars by the force of the water. A few signs, briefly removed, returned; the others remained.
Things are different now. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates.
I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against "outsiders coming in. But again I have been disappointed.