Interview with Thompson Gaines
QUESTION 1
LOUIS MASSIAH:

Mr. Gaines, I know you were very active in the Civil Rights Movement. How did you see your involvement in the Stokes campaign as an extension of your work in the Civil Rights Movement?

THOMPSON GAINES:

Well I saw my extension in the Stokes, ah, campaign

LOUIS MASSIAH:

If you would just start that once again?

LOUIS MASSIAH:

How did you see you see your work as, in the Stokes campaign as being connected to the Civil Rights Movement?

THOMPSON GAINES:

Well I felt that this was another way for people to show, ah, the inequities or to amend the inequities in our society, ah, by supporting a man who was as qualified as any other person we had as a mayor of our city, that he was supposed to be given a chance to show that he could govern the city. And, ah, this was my reasoning for becoming involved. You see in my time, ah, growing up as an adult and over the years I witnessed so many Blacks and other minorities who were, ah, not allowed because of their race to, ah, use their abilities to the full extent. And I've always resented that fact. So when we had this fine young man to come along and say I want to be mayor, I felt he deserved, ah, my support and others'.