Interview with Victoria Gray Adams
QUESTION 13
INTERVIEWER:

OK, I'M GOING TO CUT YOU RIGHT HERE. OK LET'S TALK ABOUT MORALE IN ATLANTIC CITY AGAIN, AND WE HAVE A SENSE OF BEING, OF BEING RIGHT—

Victoria Gray Adams:

You know I think one of the things that made the the delegation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party so hopeful you know, so expectant was the fact that people had made a discovery you know, a discovery that there is a way out of you know, much of that is wrong with our lives. And that is and that there is a way to change it and that is through the execution of this vote, you know. And so we can't get past these people at the state level because they've locked us out, but we, we just know that once we get to the national level you know, with all of the proof that we have been locked out and, and the fact that we've had the courage to go ahead and create our own party then there, you know, we feel like we were going to get that representation that we'd been denied for so long ** and participation in the process. And so that's you know, that's the way we arrived in Atlantic City, really excited about the fact that we were at long last going to be able to participate to be represented. Our needs were going to you know, be known about and spoken to in the political arena. And of course, once there doing continuing to do, you know, the work that was necessary. It was a rather chilling feeling to become aware of the fact that there was not a tremendous difference between the Democratic Party in Mississippi and the Democratic Party in Atlantic City or the national body, because they had found a way around responding to our challenge. Instead of acknowledging the challenge as we, you know, brought it to them they went to look for a compromise, you know, a way out of this. A way that they could make us think that they were responding to our needs when in fact they were not doing any such thing. I'll tell you what I'm proudest of, of that Atlantic City experience, and that is the fact at that delegation because of, or relevant education, as well as, as its organization was able to see that whole business for exactly what it was, and to say an unequivocal "no" and to stand up under the pressure of our own attorney, you know, Joseph Rauh, to stand up under the pressure of many other—