Interview with Unita Blackwell

Let me ask you, what was it like, this is about being elected mayor, what was it like that first day when you woke up that morning and you realized that you were mayor in the middle of whi--of a White a community that usually had pla--power?


I think that the feeling of being a mayor, I guess you can't, just, really, I can't give it a good description, but, um, you felt, ah, elated, yet, ah, you know you had a lot of work to do. And, if, um, I succeed, um, we, as a people, um, Black people especially, succeed. If I fail, I think that that's one of the feelings that I had, if I fail, then it's another strike that, against us. And, um, but it was, it was a good elated feeling, but those was my concerns: that we have to make it. And we didn't have anything in, in the town, that towns needs, like water and sewage and all of these kinds of things. And I know that that was the first job, was to put together the infrastructure to bring to that rural town the things that it needed.