Interview with William Simmons
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

NOW, HOW DID THESE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN UH, COLORED PEOPLE AS THEY WERE CALLED AND WHITES BEGIN TO CHANGE AFTER THE BROWN VS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION DECISION IN ‘54?

William Simmons:

The relationship between black and white changed after the Supreme Court decision in 1954 hardly noticeably at all. Um, as far as the general daily life in the South there was no change. The reaction of, of most white people and I think its fair to say, make that generalization was at two opposite poles: people either said oh, it'll never happen, that is the schools will never be integrated or on the other hand the Supreme Court has spoken, there's nothing you can do about it.