Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 19
INTERVIEWER:

COULD YOU DEFINE FOR ME HOW THE CITIZENS' COUNCIL WOULD WORK SAY IN A SMALL TOWN RATHER THAN A, IN ALL OF THE SOUTH, LET'S SAY AS AN EXAMPLE, IN ONE AREA. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

William Simmons:

In a small, in a small town the Citizens' Council would have meetings, uh, they would uh, in effect mobilize public sentiment. The would get uh, uh means of communication: Newspapers, radio and television stations uh, to express their views. Um, also and this is to be uh, remembered, it's difficult to remember in the light of subsequent events, but at that time, there was no mandate to integrate. For integration to take place a suit had to be brought and no individual suits were brought, hence there was no integration. And in, in this sense the mobilization of public sentiment and opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court decision was quite effective for this ten year period.