Interview with Charles Butts

OK, Stokes has won the election, November 7, 1967. What was the expectation, what did people expect of this new mayor? What did people hope for when they voted for Carl Stokes?


One of the consequences of having a, ah, emotional, volunteer kind of campaign is that people have to believe in some kind of dream. It probably always becomes an unrealistic expectation. It did seem, though, that by winning with not only substantial Black support but very meaningful White support, that Carl Stokes had an opportunity to really do a lot to, to solve the wounds of ah, of a divided city. Um. I think he did a number of things to move in that direction. In over all, though, ah, by the time four years later he had left, ah, it was at least as divided a city and in some ways perhaps more so.