Interview with Herbert Brownell, Jr.
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

DID IT SEEM TO YOUG THAT, NOT LOOKING BACK BUT AT THE TIME DID YOU SEE THIS AS A CHANGE IN BLACK ACTIVISM OR NOT?

Herbert Brownell, Jr.:

Well, the bus strike in Montgomery at the time appeared to everyone, the media, and to congress, everybody else as being a local affair a, to be handled by the local enforcement authorities. There was uh, uh, at the time no recognition I think of the significance of it, it later became sort of a an incident which uh, turned the tide toward the necessity of having legislation which would uh, give the federal government power to intervene in a case like that where there was mass deprivation of uh, human rights and gross discrimination.