Interview with Willie Felder
QUESTION 2
SAM POLLARD:

Why do you think it was important to go to Gary and join with people who might have been considered militant and maybe too radical, being from the Michigan delegation?

WILLIE FELDER:

Well, we had some of the same--

SAM POLLARD:

If you could say the Michigan delegation--

WILLIE FELDER:

The Michigan delegation, ah, in terms of having its share of militants, had its share as well if you must use that term. But in the Black family in America, there was a definite need for everyone's input, whether they were considered militants or moderates or just plain good 'ole boys. There was a place and a need in that national assembly, National Black Assembly, for input from each and every one of them, regardless of what their philosophies were, because the objective was to put together, ah, a blueprint that would contribute to leading the Black American out of, ah, socioeconomic deprivation and claiming their rights into a society that had otherwise, in our judgment, denied us.