TAMPA BAY AREA CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE-Andrew Stelzer06/04/04
Arnett Doctor, descendent of a rosewood massacre survivor.
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Ku Klux Klan was very active during the time we were demonstrating. White citizen council, one dressed in robes and overallsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦..came to our meetings
ACT-doctor Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bob sanders came to us and said St Pete better be a part of it because St Pete is the retirement meccaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦we had a false impression that racism was a small part of St Petersburg life..we had to sit behind the back seaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I was arrested for sitting on the bus..the problem was getting the kids to demonstrate; my mother didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know I was the president of the NAACP youth council
ACT-doctor Ã¢â‚¬Å“Snell is land was not a place we could even visit, same for Gulfport..as I said I said earlier the students at Florida Presbyterian college were our supporters, white supporters were pressured to withdrawÃ¢â‚¬Â¦occasionally a member of the upper middle class would join us.
The University of South Florida St Pete used to be Florida Presbyterian College.
Omali Yeshitela, chainman of the St Petersburg chapter of the UHURU movement, and occasional co-host of a WMNF program.
ACT-omali There was an area called Methodist town, too black for touristsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Chester James, black churches, black businesses, changed the traffic patterns, now you have to drive around the interstate. Baseball team they destroyed our communities, we cant show our children where we got married.Ã¢â‚¬?
ACT-omali Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is an historical basis for the oppression of black people similar to that of people all over the world..reservations, ..Civil rights movementÃ¢â‚¬Â¦the real contradiction is not how far we are from
Darrell Rousson, director of St. Petersburg Chapter of the NAACP
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“ I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t here but I read about the body swaying on MLK, and I feel the pain of the community they lied to us, were not gonna tear down laurel park, dome, you negros be quietÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.65 percent of the black owned businesses, titan cruise lines, negros be quiet. We gonna give you 300 jobsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.ive been accused of pandering to the goodwill of white people but there is room for divergent peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Booker T Washington was in EuropeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦he pissed of the leaders of eth NAACP, we are not all trying to create liberation of the communityÃ¢â‚¬Â¦if I believed for one minute that midtown could exist in isolation, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe itÃ¢â‚¬Â¦it saddens me that we have more black professionals. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like to go down to AmSouth to beg for a dollar.
Sevell Brown the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Florida director
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“The would send us to Jacksonville that summer, man hit woman, black man defended her, first riot id ever been inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦saw bulletsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I experienced the violenceÃ¢â‚¬?
ACT-brown Ã¢â‚¬Å“1965, I was geared up to go to Gibbs high, found out IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to Dixie-hollinsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I got in my assembly..they made everybody stand and sing DixieÃ¢â‚¬Â¦they made us stand and sing, you gonna stand to the flag, they banned be from assembly..the basketball team boycottedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬?
ACT-brown Ã¢â‚¬Å“1982-83 we tried to start the MLK parade, you going to have to take the parade southÃ¢â‚¬Â¦that eventually led to the ACLU coming inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦that was all she wrote in terms of Jim crow in St Pete, you change for crown control in terms of one but not the other.Ã¢â‚¬?Ã¢â‚¬?
ACT-brown Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an accumulation of things that molds you this encounters mold you, ive been negro for 18 years, black foe the rest, irrespective the field negro is still here.Ã¢â‚¬?
James Ransom, is a long-time Tampa civil rights activist
ACT Ã¢â‚¬Å“My grandfather was a man who walked from Georgia on the railroad tracksÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.he became a farmer tailor, mortician, he founded insurance , became the largest black business in the southeastÃ¢â‚¬Â¦he owned some land bought some land that was a public park where black people can goÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t knowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦eventually mayor dick Greco developed the landÃ¢â‚¬Â¦it might be better used, now its a golf courseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦it was going to be converted to not being a public facility.
ACT-ransom Ã¢â‚¬?It took us three years to rename MLK in Tampa, it goes from the airport through the county..through white, black community..it reflects where the sun rises in the east.Ã¢â‚¬?
Winnie Foster is an activist who has worked in St Petersburg for many years.
ACT Ã¢â‚¬ËœBob told about the shootings in Gainesville, bob ended in speech by talking about the speech..the gentleman said weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got him nowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦in the movement those days, if you are going to be arrested in Florida donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t sneeze cause thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resisted arrest..they hauled him through the crowd, the Vinoy, some student threw something, 2000 police in uniform with clubs swept the beat people, I saw them take a student from Gainesville, I started going through the polio asking for names, I observed a man I knew as the police reporter dressed as a protestor pointing out people for the police to arrest.Ã¢â‚¬?