Interview with Victoria Gray Adams


Victoria Gray Adams:

OK, as I was saying the, the summer of ‘64 was really one of a lot of motion, activity of excitement of of teaching and learning you know, to organize literally to organize a, a polit—a political party was quite something. And we held, you know, our organizing convention in the state capitol, and by convention time we were all, all ready to go and we went with a, a lot of optimism, because we, at this point, were still idealistic enough to believe that, you know, the constitutional rights and things were all there to be ours as soon as we met the requirements, if you will. And so we had documented, in all of the ways possible, you know, the fact that black people, in particular in Mississippi, were being denied the right to participate, were being denied the right to representation. You know, it was the old story of taxation without representation. And so we were indeed off to Atlantic City for the Democratic National Convention. Delegation of '68, you know, really looking forward to all of this and we had done our homework and when we got to Atlantic City of course we continued to do that by visiting the various delegations telling our stories soliciting their support, all of the things that you know and we were, we were novices but it was, it was a tremendous experience. Well—