Interview with Mary L. Hightower

Now, did you think in terms of the work that you already were doing back in Mississippi, were you thinking in terms of identity, in terms of new identity?


Well, um, the, the work that we were doing in, in, in listening to him, um, it, it, you realized that, th- that work, ah, in a sense, was the same, and it was something that we could be proud of, and the, the, the whole notion of hearing him, and listening to him, ah, it made us feel, you know, it gave me a new sense of pride. And it, and when you, when we went back to our people and began to express the kinds of things that he expressed to us, and a lot of it, the concept of, of the work that he was doing, a lot of the methods that he talked about, were new to us. But then, the, the end was us, and what he was trying to accomplish, and what he was getting over to us about what we should be trying to accomplish, ah, that we, we felt that it was similar to what we were doing there, and in that, in sense, it made us feel that we were somewhat in, ah, the same.