Interview with Joseph Azbell
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, WHEN DID IT BECOME APPARENT THAT THIS BOYCOTT WAS GOING TO CONTINUE, THAT BLACK PEOPLE WERE NOT GOING TO STOP. WHAT DID THE CITY DO TO DISCOURAGE IT?

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

WE GOT ABOUT FIFTY FT.

Joseph Azbell:

When it was aware, that the boycott was not going to end anytime certain, the city became rather panicked and there were three they got these black ministers to come on and say to the community and they gave a news release that the boycott was ended and they had decided to end it and what have you in the hopes that blacks would go back on the bus and stay on the bus well, the preachers were exposed and it was a hoax.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

CAMERA ROLL 134. GOING TO CAMERA ROLL 135 SHORTLY SECOND.

Joseph Azbell:

Panic ensured, it just came over the commissioners that they had to end this thing. That it didn't look like it was going to end. So the first thing they did was there was some phony ministers that was supposed get people to say the boycott was over you can ride the buses again with the thought in mind that they would ride the buses and keep on riding them. Well, they were exposed, and nobody went back on the buses. Just didn't work. Then there was [sic] investigations. There were undercover people at the meetings, and then there were arrests and, and all types of things. And then of course, not just what the city government itself was doing, but there were bombs thrown, and there were rifles fired into the buses and so forth, but each of these things did just the opposite of what they were intended to do. They were intended to stop the boycott, but instead of that, it hardened up the community to say we're not going to stop the boycott. That it's not just going to happen and it made them stronger to want to go on with it.