There Was a Time When…

Interviewer: Mr Brando, have you been on this road for a long time?

Brando: I don’t know. There was a time when nobody was on the road. Really. There was a time when Rosa Parks stood up in a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and from that date the Montgomery bus boycott took place. And somewhere in the fifties, eighteen Negros in a Georgia prison camp broke their legs with sledge hammers to bring attention to the conditions that they were in. And slowly, bit by bit, I became involved in this issue. And I guess my springboard was listening to Martin Luther King speak about the woe and distress in California…

There was a time when… There will be a time when…

There was a time when black people were slaves in America.
There was a time when America went to war over slavery.
There was a time when segregation and discrimination persisted.
There was a time when Martin Luther King was alive and he spoke about civil rights and human rights.
There was a time when things looked bad.
There was a time when victory suddenly seemed possible.
There was a time when America elected its first black President.

There will be a time when everybody will be free.

Was there a time when black people were slaves in your country?

Learn more about Marlon Brando in:
The Story of an American Actor