Interview with Rev. James Lawson
QUESTION 39
INTERVIEWER:

AND CAN YOU SAY JUST A, A COUPLE SENTENCES IN THE SAME VEIN ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS BILL OF '64?

Rev. James Lawson:

Civil rights, we often--we often do not realize that while there were civil rights bills systematically passed, ‘57, ‘64, those bills, while they dealt with the whole issue of discrimination and especially in personal ways in the market place, public accommodations and the job market, nevertheless also with those were these many other bills that gave them strength, so that, as an example, by the beginning of the seventies the economic family-income gap between black families and white families had begun to close. It did not start to go back this way again until the impact of then, as an example, the Nixon administration.