OK NOW, GOING, GETTING INTO THE MOVEMENT AND UH, SAY LUBE'S HOUSE, LUBE'S HOUSE IS BOMBED, UM WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CITY AT THAT POINT, WHAT, HOW DID PEOPLE RESPOND?
Mr. Z. Alexander Looby, who was a great man, a black attorney uh, conservative uh, politically, a Lincoln Republican uh, of many years, uh, no one could accuse him of being a, a wild eyed radical politically. And when his house was bombed or dynamited, I think it, it solidified uh, especially the black community, and it enraged a segment of the white community uh, in a fashion that nothing else had. When you had uh, the hundred or hundreds of black students coming down and sitting in at the Woolworth stores and so on, all of the, the uh five and dime stores, and department stores-that was one thing, because students are supposed to uh, be irresponsible, you know, and wild eyed. Uh, and so you just kind of shrug that off, and if the police get a little rough, you know, and over zealous and throwing… and pack thirty into a paddy wagon that's designed for eight… well, after all, you know, they're just, they're students. But this elderly man uh, who had been a citizen, a lawyer, a councilman and so on, over the yea… over the years, and when his house is, is uh, in a rubble, this did outrage a lot of people. Now, I would have to acknowledge, much as I would like to say, being afflicted with this incurable uh, skin disease called lightness, that, that it solidified the, the white community to go out and join the marches-it did not. But there was the, the, the mass march uh, to City Hall and there was a white Mayor who came out there and who with considerable prodding from that brilliant and beautiful leader named uh Diane Nash, who kept pushing him-but, Mr. Mayor, you are our Mayor, sir, do you think that segregation is morally uh, defendable, and he eventually had to say, I do not. Now that, in my judgment, was the turning point, that encounter, was a turning point, so you had a white Mayor of a leading city reflecting on this alleged progressive uh, uh, characteristic of the city. And once he says this and then you have a leading black citizen with his, his house dy- dynamited, now it goes back to the dynamiting so that whoever set off that dynamite or bomb blast, did more to, to integrate uh, the lunch counters and the department stores in Nashville, I think, than all the sit-ins combined
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