Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 46
INTERVIEWER:

WHAT ABOUT THE CITY FATHERS AS A WHOLE, HOW DID THEY REACT TO THE STT-INS?

C. T. Vivian:

And uh, and, well, and see what they were doing was stan- The city fathers themselves had to see their relationship to the businessmen. Businessmen saw their relationship to profits. And, and, and the people, black people in that city, were beginning to respond all over, what to do, the boycotts start—right?—so that- to force the businessmen to deal with the issue. And uh, uh, and as on of the businessmen put it uh, says, "Nobody came downtown." Uh, says uh, uh blacks wouldn't come downtown, whites were afraid to come downtown, so the only people downtown were green people and there weren't many of them, all right? As a result, they began to lose money and they began to ask for a change. Uh, remember though, we were meeting with them, we were talking with them.