Interview with Rosa Parks
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

OKAY, I WANT YOU TO BEGIN AGAIN AND TELL ME ABOUT THAT MEETING AT THE HOLT STREET BAPTIST CHURCH AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE.

Rosa Parks:

When I did get to the church there were so many people in the street around that church it was very difficult to get in. Someone was trying to help me get in and then someone was—it was just packed. Every inch was taken up with people there and the street was full of people. People were laughing and talking and it seemed like they were quite happy. And when I did get to the meeting, I was escorted to the pulpit, they had a seat for me there. And there were oh so many people that you can imagine that many getting into this church, I think they said there were several thousand, I don't know exactly how many in and outside. Loudspeakers had been set up on the outside so those who could not get in could hear what was going on and then there were a number of speeches. Many ministers and others spoke and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the speakers. And when there was a vote taken to decide whether the protest would continue as it had early that morning. It was on Monday, December 5th, the date of my trial and the evening was when this meeting was at the Holt Street Church. And the decision was unanimous. People were just yelling out that they would remain off the buses until changes were made for the better for us.