MEMORANDUM REPORT OF NEGRO MASS MEETING HELD WEDNESDAY NIGHT, AUGUST 8, 1956, 8:00 P.M., AT CHURCH LOCATED AT 224 NORTH BOULEVARD STREET, TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA.
The meeting was called for to order around 8:30 P.M. with Rev. C.K. Steele being the Master of Ceremonies. The main speakers and their subjects were as follows:
Rev. C.K. Steele, being first speaker, stated that he was disappointed with the people for not fully co-operating in the Bus Boycott; that some of the people were riding the bus and that some were wanting to ride the bus. He also promised more cars to the Car Pool beginning Thursday, August 9, 1956, and also stated that arrangements had been made with some of the taxicabs to transport people. He also stated that just as soon as the people started riding the buses, the colored drivers would be fired and white drivers would replace them; that the Negro race now had a chance at full integration but would throw it away if they were not careful. Rev. Steele also held prayer for the white people who were so crazy that they could not see that segregation was what the Lord wanted but wanted everybody to join hands in brotherhood. He also gave Safety Talk the drivers of the Pool Cars as to the violation of laws and stated if anyone of the drivers were arrested to not resist arrest but to submit and call either Rollins of Miles and cash bond would be posted.
Damon Peterson, the Negro from Port St. Joe, Florida, talked on the Transportation subject and encouraged the Negroes to continue riding and stated if more cars were needed that he could make some arrangements. Peterson also asked Dan Speed for a Report on the Transportation. Speed's report was that he was having a hard time of keeping safe cars and that the officials were continuously question him