Interview with Rev. Joseph Ellwanger
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

BUT WHEN HE FINALLY DID SIGN THE BILL?

Rev. Joseph Ellwanger:

When he did sign the bill, uh, then I think a lot of us were really surprised and when he openly supported it uh, because uh, he was a Southerner from Texas and everyone questioned whether he would risk uh, his own relationships with a lot of politicians in Texas and elsewhere uh, to finally come out in favor of the Voting Rights Act, and uh, we were pleasantly pleased and therefore hopeful uh that it would be enforced, and that was our next concern because you can pass a Voting Rights Act and unless it is clearly and actively enforced uh, it's worth nothing but the paper it's written on.