Interview with Victoria Gray Adams
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S STOP, I'M SORRY, LET'S STOP. OK, YOU WERE TELLING ME THAT THERE WAS ONE THING THAT YOU WERE VERY PROUD OF THAT HAPPENED AT THAT, IN ‘64.

Victoria Gray Adams:

You know the one thing that I was just really proud of in that convention challenge in ‘64 was the fact that the delegation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was able to recognize, you know, the fact that that the convention was not dealing with our challenge. That they were you know trying to hand us a, what was supposed to be a compromise that was absolutely totally meaningless, and then to have the courage to say no to that even though our legal advisor, you know, was pushing us to accept it. You know this is, this is a tremendous concession and—but we knew there was no concession at all. That when we left Atlantic City we would leave there, you know, with exactly what we had come with, that was no representation, no participation in the regular Democratic Party. And that is what we were about you see, because our contention was that this cannot be the party because they don't represent all of the people, and here we are with a delegation that is representative. Anyone can see that we are representative, you know, there's black, there's white there's you know, whoever the spectrum. But they said no, this is what we'll give you, and we said no, we won't have it. We will not accept it.