Interview with Harry Belafonte
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

The Republican of Africa over here, the Panthers over here, the NAACP.


HARRY BELAFONTE:

I remember talking with, ah, with Richard Hatcher at the convention and, ah, because he had put a lot into making this thing come about. As a matter of fact, it was setting Gary, Indiana to become a center for ongoing civil rights activity and hope that in the city of Gary, Indiana they he would be able to build a, a, an institution that would house, become the major think tank of all people involved in the human rights and in the Civil Rights Movement, in the, ah, ah, as a matter of fact it's now being turned into a museum, ah, some, some of what has been achieved. But this was the, the beginning of that moment, ah, that we would find this place, we'd come to this convening and I had never seen a collection of greater diversification except for the march on Washington. Ah, at this meeting in Gary, Indiana there was everyone represented, the NAACP, Black Republicans, Black communists, Black Democrats, all the, the, the civil rights organizations and individuals, ah, ah. And there was a spirit of hope but there was also a sense that, ah, somewhere in this complex of bodies, people also looking to see in this squash of people, in, in, this overview, if you could look into, all, which one was going to be the leader? Which one or which group was going to be the force? People were looking for answers. People were looking for all kinds of things. It was, it was a very interesting convention. Ah.