Interview with Joseph Azbell
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT ME OK.

Joseph Azbell:

OK. The legacy of the boycott movement, this first mass movement of blacks organized together was probably the whole civil rights movement as we know it today. It was the spark that lit the flame that became the torch of freedom for blacks all over America. You would never, without the bus boycott, you would never have had that great crowd in Washington, that marched on Washington. You would have never had the reaction to the whole thing of what was being done here. It gave Tallahassee blacks a thing about it, you know, something, let's do something. It just went out across America as a, like a burning field of fire. And it just engulfed everything that was black in this whole country. And I think this thing here brought the blacks here out of the Aunt-Jeminiah-Uncle-Tom-Rastas-Buckwheat era into a more dignified era. I think that was the main legacy of the boycott that the Black was becoming a citizen.