Interview with Thompson Gaines

Why was it important to elect a Black mayor? Why was it important to you to elect a Black mayor?


Well it important to me to elect a Black mayor because we had something to prove. Ah, we wanted to prove that Blacks as well as other, ah, races of people were qualified to sit, ah, in these key positions because they had the ability. And also we felt that this would be a motivator if we elected Carl B. Stokes ah, the mayor of the City of Cleveland. This would be a motivator for other young Blacks, ah, to get an education and prepare themselves to participate in the mainstream of life, ah, in our society in the United States.