Interview with Jo Ann Robinson
QUESTION 15
LLEW SMITH:

WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF THE SUPREME COURT HADN'T VOTED THE WAY IT DID?

Jo Ann Robinson:

The Supreme Court had to. There was no turning back. In thirteen months, the bus company had completely been put out of business. There was no transportation at all for anybody, white or black. And the white constituted about one third of the riders anyway. Half of them had stopped riding before many weeks after the beginning of the bus boycott because out of sympathy for them. And then the others were afraid to ride because they didn't know what might happen to them. So, the bus company closed down. They were completely out of work. And that's why those drivers were employed as police people. Now when you ask why the courts had to come in, they had to come in. You get 52,000 people in the streets and nobody's showing any fear, something had to give. And so the Supreme, Supreme Court had to rule that the segregation was not the, the way of life.