Interview with C. T. Vivian
QUESTION 72
INTERVIEWER:

[unintelligible] SPECIFIC. UH, WHAT DID MAYOR WEST'S STATEMENT MEAN AS FAR AS ACTUALLY SOLVING THE PROBLEM SEGREGATING NASHVILLE? DID IT GIVE A LEAD TO THE CITY OR DID IT- WHAT WAS ITS WHOLE EFFECT?

C. T. Vivian:

I think by the, by the time that we had the march, the bombing and the march uh, that by that time uh, our nonviolence had reached the city. I think the merchants had been reached by the economic withdrawal as well as by our courage. I think people in that city were thinking and knew uh, the fact that we were negotiating and talking with people made the difference. And when Ben said that he would join, that at least caused the city to think, that the City Council were ready for some positive response that would allow them to make that move. When Ben West then worked with them, it gave the new initiative that was needed, and that new initiative allowed City Council to make that move. And within a week, exactly a week to the day, every, all the lunch counters in that city were open.