Interview with Bob Mants
QUESTION 17
CARROLL BLUE:

Now was it hard for just any local people to run for office?

BOB MANTS:

Yes. Ah, and you can sort of understand why. It has a lot to do with the economics. Those people who ran, ah, ah, on the first, the first time Black people ran in this county, it has to do with, with the ownership of land. Historically in the Civil Rights Movement, not only here but elsewhere, people who have a tendency to own their own land are much more independent. We got the greatest participation, ah, not just here in Alabama, but, ah, throughout the South. But people were independent landowners. Land had been in their families for a generation. Ah, so initially there were, people were afraid. But for the most part those people who were the first candidates here in this county were people who owned their own land.