Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 38
INTERVIEWER:

IN THE SIT-INS IN MID FEBRUARY, 1960, HOW DID ACTUALLY CARRYING THEM OUT SUCCESSFULLY THE FIRST WEEK CHANGE THE WHOLE, MOVEMENT? THAT FIRST ACTION, UH, I WANT YOU TO GIVE ME A LITTLE FEELING LIKE YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR A LONG TIME AND PLANNING AND PREPARING THE DISCIPLINE, NOW YOU'VE GONE OUT AND FOR OVER A WEEK IT'S HAPPENED. SO TELL ME WHAT EFFECT THE ACTUAL SIT-INS HAD THE FIRST WEEK?

C. T. Vivian:

Uh, we had uh, been working uh, planning, had our workshops, had recruited a number of students, those students were going back into their dormitories, the ministers were going into their churches uh, now, the thing that was important is uh, as part of all that uh, we began to have meetings with the merchants downtown, perfect nonviolent movement, going through the process, all right? As we began to hear from them both negative and positively, we began to find within that group those who were adamant and who, who might not be under a different set of circumstances. Uh, and we began to then stand in to see where we'd be refused and uh, because that's a part of it, you had to be refused. Now, as we were refused, more and more people began to understand something can be done about this, and something should be. Remember, this is all backed up by the movement that was going on everywhere uh, uh, the Montgomery experience, all right?