LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT SOME OF THE PEOPLE AT THAT TIME. TELL ME WHAT YOU REMEMBER OF BULL CONNOR?
Bull said that I was his best nigger in town. Old Gaston, my good nigger. That was his compliment to me. I thought it was the most embarrassing thing I ever saw. But I couldn't really say anything. It was those kind of a situations where the white and blacks couldn't communicate. We had a-we had a white man, that announced for some political office here, I remember, and the newspaper took a picture of him shaking hands with a black man on the street, and that in itself caused him to lose the election. The thing was so tense, at that time, nobody profited from it.