Interview with Mayor Joseph Smitherman
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

OK, I DON'T WANT TO KEEP BADGERING YOU ABOUT JIM CLARK, BUT I AM CURIOUS CAUSE WHEN YOU SAY THAT HE WAS, UH HE WAS CERTAINLY A MODERATE, WHAT MADE HIM CHANGE?

Mayor Joseph Smitherman:

Well, community climate, Jim Clark was an outsider. Similar to me, even moreso. He had been appointed by a Governor of Alabama, Big Jim Folsom who was kin to, which was very unpopular in this particular county the old heart of the Black belt. And it's named the Black belt because of its rich black soil and this is where all the farming and cotton were. And when he ran for reelection that's when Baker ran against him and Baker had all the problem that whites and so forth and Clark had a mixture of the whites, and uh, so, but when he got into office with the White Citizens Council, which was, uh, a big factor, it started in Mississippi and next to that we had the largest contingent. And this was made up of prominent business people, farmers and middle and low income whites. And you had people elect… well this was what

FILM PRODUCTION TEAM:

[Ok that was a rollout on 568, we're going to Camera Roll 569]