Interview with Jo Ann Robinson
QUESTION 12
LLEW SMITH:

ONE OF THE THINGS [unintelligible] WE ARE REALLY THE BEST OF AMERICANS, THE MOST PATRIOTIC, WE REALLY DO BELIEVE CONSTITUTION, DEMOCRACY, WAS THAT, DO YOU THINK THAT WAS REFLECTED...

Jo Ann Robinson:

Blacks had endured much more, I believe, than any ethnic group could possibly endure, trying to be, to be obedient to the system. And I think they would not have boycotted those buses if they had not from time to time met courts, had lawyers to try to defend these people whose only accusation was that they sat down in a seat where the whites had the, the seats had been reserved for whites. No reason at all, but for everyone who was arrested, even children, arrested and paid fines, because they dared to sit in those reserved seats. So I think blacks are certainly cooperative people. I think they are good citizens. I think they abide by the law. Only when they had been driven to the nth degree where they could not take anymore, were they willing to do what they did. And that, that boycott was not supported by a few people, it was supported by 52,000 blacks, who were the population then at the time that I was here. They were fed up. They had had it.