Interview with Maynard Jackson
QUESTION 14
JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, a brief recap of that city council meeting, if you will?

MAYNARD JACKSON:

Well, um, there were hundreds of, ah, striking city of Atlanta employees, who were singing "We Shall Overcome", ah, signs were castigating me and condemning me. That was a very rough time for me, that was a very sad decision that I made and had to make. But it was the right decision. I didn't like having this, having to do that. For me to fire any employee, but incidentally, a thousand employees, and incidentally 98 percent of them being Black, um, was something I had to pray over. And I took no joy in doing it. But I also knew what my job was as mayor. And my job was to manage the city--