Interview with Richard Hatcher
QUESTION 29
SHEILA C. BERNARD:

What do you think the effect was on the unity of the movement during that period?

RICHARD HATCHER:

Well I think it made Black people, it caused Black people to come together, ah, to be more united because it was a kind of circling of the wagons. It was that but for the grace of, ah, ah, our, your support, I would be the one being, being, ah, ah, attacked or investigated or indicted or in some other way, be- become the victim of ah, J. Edgar Hoover and people like that. So it, it created, I think it contributed to a sense of unity, the need to be united because if we were not, then it was very clear that we could be picked off one by one. And literally the entire movement demolished in much the same way, much the same way right after the end of the Civil War during the Reconstruction period that Blacks were subsequently driven, literally driven from office. And there was a kind of second post-reconstruction that was taking place in that period from about 1968 to about 1980.

SHEILA C. BERNARD:

Wonderful, thank you, fine.