Interview with Richard Hatcher
QUESTION 10
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Tell me how you came out on the podium and began your speech and the reception that you got. What went through your head as you--?

RICHARD HATCHER:

Well, I, I, I don't recall who introduced me, but whoever did it, ah, was extremely kind, overly so, and they, ah, they really gave me a very warm introduction. Not just as a person who was about to, to make the next speech, but also as the host of, of, of, of this gathering, and, ah, ah, they were extremely kind in their remarks. And so, ah, the response, the reception, ah, ah, from this huge audience, ah, was pretty incredible for me. Ah, I was unused to that kind of, that kind of, ah, warm, and I think very genuine, ah, appreciate response. Ah, and, and, and it also caused me, I, I had this sense, ah, that I feel sometimes when I'm in a Baptist church. Ah, there is just something about a Baptist audience that makes you feel that, ah, you, you've suddenly become ten feet tall, and that, ah, you are a combination of, ah, Paul Robeson, Martin Luther King, and, and any other great orator, ah, in the Black community. A Baptist audience makes you feel that way, and that's the way this audience made me feel. Ah, it, it has to be the kind of feeling that people have, ah, that, ah, ah, ah, a basketball player has when he knows he can't miss. He knows that every shot he takes is going to go in. Well, a speaker has that kind of feeling with certain audiences, that I know that I can reach and I can communicate, and I can relate to this audience, and that was my feeling as I, ah, I began that speech ah, ah, at the National Black Political Convention.