Interview with Jo Ann Robinson
QUESTION 14
LLEW SMITH:

LET'S GO BACK TO THIRTEEN MONTHS WITH THE UPS AND DOWNS, IT MUST HAVE BEEN AN ENORMOUS EMOTIONAL SWING.

Jo Ann Robinson:

Well, many people lost their jobs during that thirteen month period because it had aroused the antagonism of the white community, those who were not sympathetic toward the cause. And for those who lost their jobs there were the rest of us who had to help them. The Montgomery Improvement Association was organized shortly after that. And every Monday night we held meetings. They would take up collection for those persons who didn't have jobs to help them to get along. There's one thing I can say, that all of when the bus, buses were finally put out of business, and the bus drivers were out of work, they were employed as policemen. So they, they had a continuation of income. And many of those policemen would give just hundreds and hundreds of tickets everyday to people who were not violating any traffic laws, but they were doing it to help to raise the salaries that they had lost. But...