Interview with Senator Ralph Yarborough
QUESTION 24
INTERVIEWER:

OK, I'D JUST LIKE TO THROW ONE FINAL QUESTION TO YOU AND THIS IS A LITTLE BIT BROADER, YOU STAYED IN THE TIME FRAME FOR ME VERY NICELY, NOW I'M GOING TO ASK YOU THAT AFTER ABOUT TEN YEARS OF VERY VIGOROUS STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS WHERE YOU WENT THROUGH ABOUT FOUR DIFFERENT CIVIL RIGHTS BILLS, ‘57, ‘60, ‘64 AND ‘65, UH, WHAT DO YOU THINK FINALLY CAME OUT OF IT ALL, WHAT, WHAT WAS, WAS THERE A MARKED CHANGE IN THE COUNTRY AT THAT TIME AS A RESULT OF TEN YEARS OF REAL INTENSE STRUGGLE.

Senator Ralph Yarborough:

Yes, but back in the portion of Texas that I grew up in, the old confederate part, they call it, the deep south part, that's the east third, I've had people tell me back there, "Say Ralph, football has done more to integrate these schools than all the federal judges and marshals in the United States." There's, they go to school together and they get the star players back on winning team, games for their home town and get a district championship and they, they look the other way on this color line.