Interview with Willie Bolden

Was it a hard decision to strike a Black mayor?


It was a hard decision to strike Maynard, who was Black. And it was hard for many of the reasons I just mentioned. We knew that Maynard was supportive, or we felt that he was. Personally, I had no problem about where Maynard's heart was. Maynard's background, his training, his upbringing, ah, all spoke for itself. Ah, Maynard came from a[SIC] activist family. Ah, his grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, was very influential, ah, in this community. Ah, so it was hard to tell our folk, look, the only other choice we have is to strike. But I think it must be pointed out that we didn't strike Maynard, Black mayor, we struck a system, which Maynard just happened to be the head of. I believe today, and I think even Maynard believe today that one of the reasons we had to strike was because the people around him was not giving him much information, of the proper kinds of information. I remember very distinctly one night, we set up all night long at the 14th Street, ah, ah, not the 14th Street, ah, front end loader


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