Interview with James Peck
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

JIM… IF YOU COULD LOOK AT ME IF YOU WILL. AND, IT'S ONLY TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, BUT THE WORLD IN THE DEEP SOUTH THEN, WAS A DIFFERENT PLACE. SOUTH AFRICA IS PROBABLY THE ONLY EQUIVALENT. DO YOU REMEMBER DISCOVERING THINGS AS YOU WENT INTO THE DEEP SOUTH EVEN THOUGH YOU…

James Peck:

Well, you know, a couple of years ago a Chicago Tribune reporter told me, this nonviolence is alright, but what has it ever accomplished? I replied, I'm going to give you a big example. In five short years, from '60 to '65, it changed the face of the South. The South used to be a complete apartheid, like in South Africa. Now there is…uh, it's uh, like the North. Not that that's so perfect. But this is a tremendous change. There's no more uh, segregation. There's no more white and colored signs, there are no more two drinking fountains and four toilets.