Interview with Maggie Thomas
QUESTION 9
INTERVIEWER:

When Maynard Jackson won, what did you think a Black mayor was going to be able to do for Atlanta?

MAGGIE THOMAS:

At that particular time I really didn't, although I, I campaigned a lot for him. Simply because I, I knew his grandfather, Dr. John Wesley Dobbs. And, um--





INTERVIEWER:

So why don't you tell me what you thought was going to happen with the election of a Black mayor in Atlanta?

MAGGIE THOMAS:

Okay. At, at that time I didn't think too much of it. I really didn't. But me knowing, uh, Maynard's grandfather, I knew him well, Dr. John Wesley Dobbs, and, um, I knew his aunt, Mattiwilda Dobbs I believe it was. I went to a concert. Okay. I, I knew him. When I knew him he was a s--boy, a little small boy, you know. But I knew Dr. Dobbs. He was a good man and I knew that if he was anything like his grandfather he would make a good mayor. So I campaigned for him and I also voted and encouraged people out in the neighborhood to vote for him. So, he became mayor, and I, I haven't regretted it. I really didn't. I'm enjoying him being mayor. I have, and really enjoyed it. He's been a inspiration to me and my family, I'll say. He really has been.

INTERVIEWER:

Okay. Cut.