Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

SO, TO SUMMARIZE THE PURPOSE OF THE CITIZENS' COUNCIL, WHAT, WHAT ARE THE GOALS? YOU COULDN'T REVERSE THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION.

William Simmons:

The goal of the Citizens Council was to not necessarily to reverse the court's decision because that was regarded, although desirable as realistically impossible. It was to figure out how to deal with it. And uh, it was dealt with quite successfully for ten years until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, because no integration occurred in the South from 1954 until 1964, a period of ten years.