Interview with Rosa Parks
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

WERE YOU EVER DISCOURAGED ABOUT THE BOYCOTT? YOU KNOW, WITH THE AUTHERINE LUCY CASE, WITH BOMBINGS, WITH THE LAWSUITS, THE WHOLE BIT. WAS IT EVER, WERE THERE ANY POINTS THAT YOU WERE JUST DISCOURAGED DURING THIS TIME?

Rosa Parks:

Well, during that time, because there were so many other people involved, I did not feel any discouragement, I just felt that with the number of masses of people being involved and taking a part that it was not as discouraging as it had been before the incident and before others joined in. When you feel like others are with you, I don't think you have a feeling ofdiscouragement that you may feel apprehensive about the safety of some other people, or you may get weary because of meetings and taking—well my mother was ill quite a bit, and there were times when I could not participate as much as I wanted too but when she recovered, then, well, she always went with me and also my husband would go to some of the meetings. He was very shaken and very upset because of the...well, over a number of years we had lived under this tension for so long until it really didn't make it worse for others to be working with us, it made it even better. As bad as it was then, but only difference was that the public knew about it and the media, and newspapers, magazines, TV, gave the protest a great deal of publicity.