Donald G. Bryant oral history interview, 2004 March 24
Donald G. Bryant discusses his role as the only dissenting voice on the Charlotte City Council (1961-1965) in opposition to Charlotte's urban redevelopment plan. He agreed with the other city council members that poverty and poor living conditions in Brooklyn neighborhood, also known as Second Ward, were a problem and that urban renewal needed to take place. He disagreed with the council's methods in carrying out the urban renewal project, such as eminent domain, forcing residents to move against their wishes. Mr. Bryant also discusses broader race relations in Charlotte during the time, including the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce's involvement in integrating Charlotte's restaurants and how Fred Alexander was a respected leader among white and black citizens.