Interview with John Conyers
QUESTION 40
INTERVIEWER:

If you can mention Gary in your answer.

JOHN CONYERS:

Yeah, I, I think the ah, the, ah, slow and steady increase of Black elected officials in Black and local level did related to the Gary conference. Because, ah, what we saw, was that you had to be in a political mode. It politicized more people, and even those who did not buy Baraka's notion of a building a new system based on the imminent burial of the present one or Jackson's notion that there aught to be an independent party. It did give us the insight to see that there was a lot more to be done between now and the time that our visionaries were painting in their speeches. So there was that relationship that got us on a political track.