Interview with Unita Blackwell
QUESTION 30
INTERVIEWER:

NOW WHEN THAT BUS WAS ON ITS WAY TO ATLANTIC CITY, WHAT WAS THE FEELING ON THE BUS? DID PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY WERE LIVING IN THIS CHALLENGE, DID THEY—TELL ME ABOUT THAT RIDE. TELL ME WHAT PEOPLE—

Unita Blackwell:

The bus ride to Atlantic City, New Jersey, was full of I say, enthusiasm that we had done this. We had had our own elections. We had del—our delegates, and we were going to challenge. It was something different and new and I can remember one man on then. He was supposed to have been nonviolent, but he was sitting there with an old rusty gun and he said well, if the Klans come at us, I think that's when I'm going to have to take care of business this time. But we, we were going with that feeling of nonviolent, but trying to, to see what could we get? And we were, when we left Jackson, Mississippi, to go out, pick up people and head towards Atlantic City. We went to saying we were coming at all of the seats or half, no compromise, and we kept that.