Interview with Gussie Nesbitt
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEFORE THE BUS BOYCOTT?

Gussie Nesbitt:

It was uh, we had to get on the bus, when we worked all day, and we didn't uh, couldn't… couldn't sit down. And we got on the bus, if we got on the bus, we had to get up—they put us back in the back like cattles. We were stuffed in the back just like cattles. And if we got to a seat, we couldn't sit down in that seat. We had to stand up over that seat. I work hard all day, and I had to stand up all the way home, because I couldn't have a seat on the bus. And if you sit down on the bus, the bus driver would say, "Let me have that seat, nigger." And you'd have to get up. And you couldn't uh, sit down. And a lot of times that ah, we'd go to the front, he wouldn't let us in the front, but he'd take our money at the front. And then he'd drive off and leave us standing there without—he done took our money and gone. And that's how it was when… during the bus boycott. And that's why I walked.