Interview with Jo Ann Robinson


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Jo Ann Robinson:

They came, they came together and worked like Trojans.



Jo Ann Robinson:

You probably want to know what was the outcome of the Monday night meeting after the first day of boycotting. Well, they had agreed at the Friday night meeting at Dexter, Dr. King's church, that they would call this meeting at Holt Street because it was the largest church in the city and could accommodate more people. And they would let the audience determine whether or not they would continue the bus boycott or end it in one day. There were, the church itself holds four or five thousand people. But there were thousands of people outside of the church that night. And they had to put loud speakers so they would know what was happening. When they got through reporting that very few people had ridden the bus, that the boycott was really a success, overwhelmingly, I don't know if there was one vote that said, no, don't continue. The people wanted to continue that boycott. They had been touched by the persecution, the humiliation that many of them had endured on buses. And they voted for it unanimously, and that meant thousands of people.** But let me mention one more thing, at that meeting they had every medium there, radio or television, newspaper, all over the place with the lights, the lights flashing, and nobody cared whether they were there or not, when they voted to continue that bus boycott. And of course the next morning the paper blazed away and way into the night the television and radio blasted away, that blacks were going to continue the bus boycott. And so the meeting was met with great thanksgiving that it had started.