Interview with Joseph Gardner
QUESTION 11
JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

So, effective that you got Harold Washington elected and the day after the general election, what happened?

JOSEPH GARDNER:

Well, I was amazed at the reaction--

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

Start again without the suggestion.

JOSEPH GARDNER:

I was amazed at the reaction, ah, ah, from people around the country and around the world. On the day after the election I went back to Operation PUSH to, ah, get some papers and things that I had left. I had been on leave for about six, eight weeks, ah, and I knew that we'd, we'd done something incredibly fantastic in terms of the city of Chicago and the nation but I had no idea that, to a great extent, the world was watching. Ah, I never will forget I received a call from a woman down south who had a heavy South African accent and she said she was calling on behalf of a relative of her, of hers in South Africa who was afraid to call, couldn't make a call, and he just wanted to express his congratulations to Jesse Jackson and Harold Washington and to say to both of them, God bless them. And that was a very moving experience that this woman would call on behalf of her relative who obviously was not able because of the apartheid situation in South Africa to be able to make that call. And we got calls from other parts of eastern and western Africa, from Jamaica, from the Bahamas, from France, from, from England, from around the world, people called PUSH to congratulate Harold Washington and congratulate Jesse Jackson.

JAMES A. DeVINNEY:

All right let's step down Michael.