Interview with Clay East
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QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

Good, good. Now, and then, we talked about it a little bit earlier, but can you tell me some more about the first meeting?

CLAY EAST:

Well—

INTERVIEWER:

I mean, you were, earlier you told me, that you had the first meeting, and there was black and there was whites there, and you all decided that there was no way you could have separate unions, so if you could just kinda tell me that story again. And if you can remember a little bit of what you said when you gave your talk... but we got to start, we got to start again, because we stopped.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

 [ gap: ;reason: inaudible ]  We didn't stop.

INTERVIEWER:

OK, OK, well, let's go. Go ahead.

CLAY EAST:

When we had this meeting, it had already been decided as to who was going to be the officials in the union, and that was decided, actually, by Mitch, he had it all planned. I was to be the president, he was the secretary, and two other guys,  [ gap: ;reason: unintelligible ] , was to be the treasurer, and we had one other guy in there, and I've forgotten which office he held, but all of that stuff was decided before we even had the meeting. So, we had that meeting and got up, and more or less pretended to have a democratic vote, but in reality wasn't democratic at all, 'cause it had already been set up. Before we set that up, I had told Mitch that I would go in as president of that for one year, but that I didn't want to make that my life's work, so one year was all I was going to serve. I told him at the time that if one man getting out broke up the union, that it didn't have any organization to begin with.