Interview with Mary Frances Berry
QUESTION 12
JACKIE SHEARER:

Now, we read a great one-liner in that book about, um, ah, "If Rosa Parks had taken a poll, we'd still be standing."

MARY FRANCIS BERRY:

Yes, yes, one of the things, when we came out of the embassy, South African embassy protest in November, 1984, and, and got out of jail, and, and we announced to the press that we were starting the "Free South Africa Movement", one of the reporters said to me, "How dare you do this when Reagan's president, and there's a conservative reaction in the country. What do you think you're doing? You know, the people are conservative." And I said to the reporter then that it didn't matter. That if Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down on the bus in Montgomery, she'd still be standing up. But she didn't take a poll. She knew what was necessary to be done, and she did it. So, I didn't take any polls either.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Great. Cut. Great. That's good. OK, so, moving right along.