Interview with Unita Blackwell
QUESTION 28
INTERVIEWER:

MRS. HAMER USED TO SAY A LOT. SHE HAD SOMETHING SHE SAID, "I'M TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED." WHAT DID IT MEAN WHEN SHE'D SAY THAT, WHAT DID IT MEAN IN TERMS OF BLACK MISSISSIPIANS? [unintelligible]

Unita Blackwell:

Well, Ms. Hamer always said that she was tired of being sick and tired from, for us it was a courage standpoint. It was if you was sick and tired of being sick and tired, you were going to rise up and do something. And that's one of the, you know, the way we took it most of the time. And she said, I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired. And you knew that we were sick and tired of being sick and tired, and so that's the way she trained us, you know, that you get sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you had to get up and do something. And that was our action. It was an action point. Instead of you know, just being a—it wasn't anything for you just to lay back, you know. It was a courage. It was a point of move out.