Interview with Herb Boyd
QUESTION 39
SAM POLLARD:

HERB BOYD:

Well as we say hindsight is 20/20. And after--in the midst of all the rebellion you hope for the best. This would like put some pressure on the various city officials. That this would bring about some notice to the kind of neglect they ignored the Black community all these years. This was an opportunity to get their attention and focus on some of the needs and demands that we had in that community. So after it was all over and looking at forty three people killed and looking at the devastation that we had done to our own communities and everything I just felt that, ah, it didn't really have the over all impact that I wanted it to have. I think that some of the constructive things that did grow out of it in view of my personal development and becoming more politically active I'll been taking and challenging the frustration toward taking it to the college campuses as we did at that time. Into the union movements all of those things was an outgrowth of the '67 rebellion. We can't lose sight of that cause Black studies departments at the various colleges around there all grew out of that. The union movements that developed inside of those plants all came out of the '67 rebellion. A number of community organizations that was created at that time all were a result of the '67 rebellion. So in a sense it had some very positive contributions in terms of organizing, and raising the conscious, political conscious of the community. I think it had those kind of constructive ends.