Interview with Victoria Gray Adams
QUESTION 10
INTERVIEWER:

OK, WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO IS BEGIN TO TELL ME HOW BECAUSE MISSISSIPPI WAS UNIQUE YOU HAD TO DEVELOP THIS UNITED FRONT OF CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS.

Victoria Gray Adams:

Because of the uniqueness of our state in terms of it being just so very hard to cope with, it soon became apparent that the various organizations working within the state were not going to be very effective working alone. And so it you know, it, we realized that what had to be done, we were going to have to combine the resources of all the groups. At that particular time there was SNCC, SCLC, NAACP, CORE, were, you know, were the basic groups and so the Council of Federated Organizations was formed and all of the activities you know, worked under that umbrella. The basic mold of org—of operation was that each organization assumed responsibility for that area you know, in which or it, you know, it was best prepared to do. And so, once we were, it was clear in our minds where we were going, to be going with our, the results of our freedom registration and vote, there was a call, you know, that went across the country to the campuses and all to come and join in this effort. And SNCC of course were experts at recruiting students and that sort of thing so they did the bulk of the recruiting and such. And it was a, it was really a very exciting time. And we were preparing them for the what we called the long, hot summer. And of course if you know anything at all about that it was indeed a long, hot summer. The state was also preparing for that long, hot summer. Those people armed themselves to the teeth as though they were expecting an invasion, an armed invasion, if you will and a lot of things happened that summe. But the most exciting thing by far, in so far as I'm concerned was the fact that we did through our education and organization take a delega—a delegation of sixty-eight people to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. And that—I dare say MFDP provided all the excitement for that convention that year.