Interview with Unita Blackwell
QUESTION 40
INTERVIEWER:

THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO SAID THAT YOU WOULD BE HATED WHEN YOU GOT BACK HOME BECAUSE YOU CAME BACK WITH NOTHING, AND YOU HAD SAID SOMETHING LIKE YOU WERE GOING HOME WITH SOMETHING, THAT YOU WERE GOING HOME WITH OUR DIGNITY.

Unita Blackwell:

Yes. Well, what the people told us when we left the convention that we had in Jackson, Mississippi, to come back with all of the seats or half, and we went home, we came back with, with our dignity because we did not take the compromise. And then we went out from there organizing and getting ready for the challenge of the seating of the congressmen and that was coming up in January, and in 1965. And so that's what we did. We come to organize around that. And so we went to challenge the seating of Jamie Whitten and the rest of them from the second congressional district. Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer, she went back and she was part of the challenge to unseat the congressmen. Annie Devine, Victoria Gray, those was the three. As a matter of fact, that was the first three black women that anybody ever known from the state of Mississippi to ever put their foot on, you know, in Congress, because they just went down there. They walked down, they was invited as guests and—