Interview with William Coleman
QUESTION 21
INTERVIEWER:

WEEKS AFTER THE DECISION, DAYS AFTER THE ACTUAL DECISION OF BROWN… THE BLACK WORLD… THE BLACK COMMUNITY IN AMERICA, THE REACTION, UH… WERE PEOPLE AWARE OF WHAT HAD HAPPENED?

William Coleman:

Oh yeah. Oh sure. This was, this uh, I would say this electrified uh, the black community probably as much as the events of December the 7th when Pearl Harbor was bombed, electrified the entire American community. No, this was an event that really did it. Now of course uh, afterwards when uh, uh, uh, things did not change immediately, there once again was great discouragement, uh, but then the black community picked up and uh, we then were fortunate enough to have people to come on the scene like Martin Luther King and other people who gave a, a new content to the movement: Andy Young and the younger people. There we uh, or the young people at uh… uh, what was it? A & T College that had the first sit-in. Uh, they came in and they gave the new cards and we, we supplied the legal talent and we got them out of jail whenever they got in jail but they had the courage that came forward.