Interview with Marian Wright Edelman
QUESTION 21
HENRY HAMPTON:

I'm going to jump around a little bit. The first question I want to ask you is, so all these people were brought to Washington, D.C., were there specific plans about what they were going to get when they got there?

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN:

Of course not, this was a Poor People's Campaign, ah, and you also have to remember that we had gone through, ah, some real tragedy. It was the Poor People's Campaign without Dr. King, ah, and without the leaders who had conceptualized it in, in, in many ways and inspired it, ah, ah, to carry it forth. So we were bedraggled Poor People's Campaign and secondly unlike rich people, poor people don't have rich, fancy, well financed lawyers who are there, sort of developing position papers and while I had moved to Washington to think about how I could, could become a lawyer for the poor or for programs like the Poor Head Start Program that Senator Stennis was attacking in Mississippi, ah, you know I was not going into immediate business. I was going to see if I could learn how to think again.

HENRY HAMPTON:

Can you hold it for a second?

HENRY HAMPTON:

Let's start again and try to incorporate the question.

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN:

The question, all right.