Interview with John Conyers
QUESTION 6
INTERVIEWER:

But in terms of watching the gains of the Southern movement, but being up here, up in Detroit.

JOHN CONYERS:

It was a sort of a nagging, recognition of the fact that what was needed there wasn't too much different from what was needed up here. That there was a, ah, we were looking over our shoulders at the South, knowing that up North wasn't really all that much different anyway. And, ah, you had a, you had some other things going on. Ah, there was a, there was a kind of Black Power attitude that was, that was coming about in what part of the population, that was rather challenging, ah, to, ah, to, to the existing of Black leadership. Ah, we were, we were, we were going through periods, of, ah, of, ah, of, ah, street indigenous Black leadership which were challenging, ah, the, ah, the more, the more or less accommodationist attitude of, ah, of the existing Middle Class strata, at that time. This also was being compounded by some, some class, differences, the Vietnam War, ah, was also, ah, ah, percolating right on the scene. And, and that, ah, was going to end up playing a very large role, as more Black bodies began to be returned from Vietnam, it was, it was begin, it was beginning to be perceived that, that Black soldiers were dying disproportionately, ah, in the Vietnam War. And, and, ah, so that question began to nag, the economic system was, ah, horrible, the political was still nascent, it was literally non-existent, there were just a few Blacks, ah, that were state representative, here, and office holder there.

INTERVIEWER:

Can you cut.