Interview with William Bradford Huie
QUESTION 37
INTERVIEWER:

LOOK, DO YOU THINK, DO YOU THINK BLACK MONDAY THE WHITE SOUTH FELT BETRAYED BY IT? LIKE DID THEY …

William Bradford Huie:

Oh yes. Yes, we felt that because they had been fighting it. They had been fighting it in the Congress for eight years, uh, you, those of us who were in the Second World War and when we came back from the second world war, like me, when I came back from the second world war I knew that segregation was nearing its end. I knew that that was going to happen. And I, it was very easy to foresee it in the world wide uh, reaction uh, against, uh, colonialism, everything. So I knew that we had all of this coming. I had, I myself tried to prevent the University of Alabama uh, being affected by it. Uh, in 1947, the president of the University of Alabama and I met in New York. And uh, I said to him, we know that segregation is going to end, now let's don't let it affect the University of Alabama. Let's go find two smart young black people, one girl and one boy and admit them to the University of Alabama Law School or something next year. And he says "We must," he says, "I want to do that." The, the Board of Trustees at the University of Alabama is independent, it's not appointed by the Governor. And we were within—-in the South, we represent, we, we, we uh, talk about progress in terms of funerals. Uh… we were within two funerals of old men on the Board of Trustees at the University of Alabama of actually ending segregation at the University of Alabama in nineteen hundred and fifty eight. The president wanted to do it; other members of the Board of Trustees saw it coming and wanted to do it. We just had the old timers had to die out. If two men had died two years earlier than they did, we would have—there would never have been any Arthur A. Rus—-Russet case, there would never been any George Wallace standing in the door. So there were people who saw it. There were white and who actually took action, trying, trying to see that the state wasn't hurt by it.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

CUT. TONE