Interview with Thompson Gaines

How did you feel after Stokes won that primary? Did you think Cleveland might be a different place? What was the feeling in Glenville? How did you feel, how did your friends feel?


Well, we felt that we were a step closer to showing, ah, that showing of unity, ah, ah, amongst a, a people. Or now remember I, I must, ah, ah, make this very clear when I say people, I'm not only speaking of, ah, Black people. There were a number of White people who supported Carl B. Stokes. There were a number of, ah, White people who ah, participated in the role that I played, ah, because they felt that this, that Carl B. Stokes was qualified and entitled to, to be the mayor of the City of Cleveland.