Interview with Maynard Jackson

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


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--