Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 44
INTERVIEWER:

(HEAD OF SOUND ROLL 1341, CAMERA ROLL 3903 SOUND TAKE 12) TWO QUESTIONS. WHAT WAS THE RANGE OF OPINION IN THE WHITE COMMUNITY OF MONTGOMERY ABOUT THE BOYCOTT?

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, the white community was not particularly involved in the Montgomery bus boycott. Of course the black community was wholly involved in it. The bus boycott was a tremendous success as far as the black community was concerned. Of course very shortly after the boycott commenced, the United States Supreme court came down with a decision that ended segregation on intrastate and interstate transportation. And you could sit anywhere on the bus you wanted to after that. But what the bus boycott did do, it created a tremendous interest in the black community to improve its position and it brought about voter registration drives and tremendous efforts to organize and to pursue other goals. And I think you can truthfully say, that the Montgomery bus boycott was the thing that started the modern civil rights movement in the South.