Interview with Virginia Durr
QUESTION 16
INTERVIEWER:

I'M SORRY I, I WAS TALKING VERY SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN MONTGOMERY.

Virginia Durr:

I know, but I'm trying to tell you they wanted to keep the cheap labor. There would be advertisements from the uh, Chamber of Commerce, "Come to Alabama", you know and, "25 cents an hour", cheap labor, that was the one thing they wanted. And uh, they didn't change at all, and all the, the businessmen the Chamber of the Commerce all the uh, you know passed resolutions they went up before the Supreme Courts and they argued and all. And uh it's, now that it's over with, some people are changing, thank God, and uh, there's now you know uh, some of a big change taking place, but uh, not enough. Because uh, there still is the terrible fact of the unemployment and uh they don't have enough jobs to go around. And so they don't, the young people, the young black people, they are not at all uh, thrilled and appreciative of what Mrs. Parks did, they don't want to hear about Dr. King much anymore. They say "What good did it do us? We haven't got a job. So I mean what is the right mean to us when we don't have a job?" What does it, it's fine to say that you can go into a movie and you can to the theater you can go to this, if you don't have any money what does it mean to you?