Interview with Unita Blackwell


Unita Blackwell:

OK. They couldn't understand the challenge that we were making to the Democratic Party because we had never been involved in a Democratic process or any kind of process, any party, which was Democratic Party, Republican Party, or any party. We had formed a Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and this was the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party that was going to Atlantic City, New Jersey, making the challenge to the Democratic Party, the regular Democratic Party of the state of Mississippi. And so the people in Mississippi, the sharecroppers or the people who, you know, worked and so on didn't—they didn't fully understand that this time in history, that we were making, but we did it.