Interview with Unita Blackwell
QUESTION 36
INTERVIEWER:

OK, WHEN THE[unintelligible] IN ATLANTIC CITY AND YOU COME BACK TO MISSISSIPPI, WHAT IS THE, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP FOR MISSISSIPPI? WHAT'S AFTER THAT?

Unita Blackwell:

Well, when we were coming back we were discussing organizing, you know, how will we continue? Ms. Hamer and I was talking and she would say, you know, I did the right thing. I know I did the right thing because it was her choice to make, as the vice chair of the party, of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, 'cause Lawrence Guyot—they had put him in jail before we left, and come up with some trumped-up charges because they thought he wasn't going to go. And so that made Ms. Hamer, was the next one in charge, and he was a man, and this, the whole thing around, you know, they just knew that this wasn't going to pass off—she had to make, we all said, you know, you make the decision. And so we sit in the balcony in the church there and decided in Atlantic City, New Jersey, you know, what was going to happen. Bob Moses was sitting there. Bob Moses, Ms. Hamer and I, and she says, "I will not take the compromise." And—