Interview with Victoria Gray Adams
QUESTION 22
INTERVIEWER:

OK. SO, TELL ME WHAT DID IT MEAN TO ACCEPT THAT COMPROMISE WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO WERE PUTTING THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE?

Victoria Gray Adams:

You know for those who are unable to understand why we were unable to accept that compromise...they, what they didn't realize was we would have been betraying those very many people back there in Mississippi whom we represented, who not only had laid their lives on the line but many who had, who had given their lives in order for this particular event to happen. And, you know as they said to us you know, just take this, this time and then next time you know, I thought about the many people for which there was not going to be a next time. And, I think so did the majority of the delegation, because you know we realized that we came with nothing, and it made no sense at all with all the risk that had been taken, that were being taken to accept what we knew for certain to be nothing, and to go back there to God only knows what. And I doubt if there was a person in that delegation that did not realize that. You may get home and not have a house. You may get home and a member of your family might be missing, or you may not get home at all. And so, you know, we are not going to accept anything less than what we came after, which is the real thing, which is representation, which is the right to participate, and if we don't get that then we'll go back and take our chances and regroup and come to fight another day. And that is precisely what we did.