Interview with Jerred Blanchard

I want to finish up going back just in terms of how you felt with the reaction after you took that vote. How did you feel?


My reaction after that vote was, ah, one of calm really. The same way I felt after I made up my mind that I had the guts to march. I mean, ah, nobody wants to step out front in these things and I sure didn't. I'm a follower, I'm no leader, man. I, I didn't want to get mixed up in any of this business. But I had no choice. I could not live with myself and vote against settlement of that strike. And I knew that very clearly by the middle of February. There was never any doubt in my mind after that that sooner or later I had to do it. I had to vote with the Blacks. I had to vote with the Civil Rights Movement and I had to vote against a lot of things that, ah, I guess I had been identified with prior to that time. And after I'm, after I cast my ballot it was kind of like the burden was lifted. I could look at the face in the mirror every morning and I didn't feel so bad about seeing it.


Stop it for a second.