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TRANSCRIPTION Tape #2, Side A, Counter #650-665, length 38 seconds

	Mr. Bryant described the segregation situation in 1968 Durham that
prompted the six-month Selective Buying Campaign, which reformed treatment
and employment practices and ultimately resulted in the positioning of
blacks as store clerks and bank tellers, where before they had only been
hired as elevator operators and maids. Mr. Bryant, as Secretary-Treasurer,
played an integral role on the Executive Committee--along with other Civil
Rights notables, Ben Ruffin (Executive Director) and Howard Clement
(Chairperson). The Executive Committee met every Saturday and others
participating in the campaign held weekly Sunday rallies at Durham area

	On Mangum Street, was a uh, place called Levy's, that was an
eating establishment, wasn't such a large place. But uh, blacks who wanted
to get food from them had to go around to the back, and they would fix a
package for them, and give it to them, send it to them out the back door.
And uh, so this, was up, this was in '68.  And uh, so as a result of that,
uh, this Selective Buying Campaign changed the complexion of this thing
within a matter of six months.  

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