Interview with Amzie Moore
QUESTION 18
JUDY RICHARDSON:

COULD YOU EAT AT ANY OF THE OTHER DOWNTOWN LUNCH COUNTERS?

Amzie Moore:

Blacks were eating at some of the downtown lunch counters, but I wasn't too particular. You know, my wife's a good cook and personally I didn't think in terms of testing them out there. If I recall, we were—there weren't any jobs much, and there weren't many houses. They said, Brother, we glad you back, maybe you can get something going, or something like that. But I never did—I guess that never has followed me too much, like eating at cafes. I do it now, I go to the Holiday Inn, I go, sometime I go to another café north where they'll seat you in a minute [laughter]. You can't pick where you want to go. Say I'm going, you know, I didn't have any special reason except I was just going, and now I can go anywhere I want to go, they don't remember to look funny. I think it's—the message has been gotten over to them that if they sit, discriminate against anybody they going to pay for it. And they would rather not lose that money, see? But I never thought much about it after I stayed three and a half years in the armed forces, two, and kind of seen how people were treated by—

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

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Side Two

Amzie Moore:

—armed forces, and kind of seen how people were treated by people all over the world, black folks. Well, I was—never thought much about it. And I didn't make it a habit of, of eating from Indians' cafe. I guess that might have helped the segregation. I, but I'd [laughter] 'cause they is so hungry, and they, and I was just never satisfied with the way they were treated.