Interview with Diane Nash
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

THE MERCHANTS DECIDE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO, THE MAYOR SAYS THAT HE DOES NOT THINK—MERCHANTS EVENTUALLY DECIDE TO LET PEOPLE DESEGREGATE THEIR COUNTERS. IS IT A VICTORY THEN? OR IS THERE MORE?

Diane Nash:

Well, I think that when blacks were actually served at the lunch counters, that was clearly reaching the goal we had set. There was another very important element in terms of the economic withdrawal. The first time we talked to the merchants, their attitude, well, you wanted a meeting, here, we're having it. They listened to what we had to say, they very quickly said, "No, we can't do it," and then their attitude was like, "We're busy men, we're ready for the meeting to be over. That's it, no, we can't have desegregation."