Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 27
JACKIE SHEARER:

You mentioned also that when you looked out you saw people and they were in dashikis, they looked different, they talked different, give me a sense of that, the sense that once you really started to one another, you realized that they weren't that different from the people you just left.

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Yeah, well, this was true, of all of the states--

JACKIE SHEARER:

I'm sorry, if you could just--

MARY HIGHTOWER:

After getting to the convention and really looking over the convention floor, there were people of all segment of life, I mean all levels and all professions, and, and, to see all of us there and we were all able to mingle and to communicate together, this was ah, ah, ne- regardless of what level of, of, ah, the community we came from or what level of profession we were from--

JACKIE SHEARER:

Keep rolling, but if you could give me a sense that when you first saw them, they looked a little strange to you, you know, those people looked a little crazy. You know.

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Which they did, they did.

JACKIE SHEARER:

So talk, talk about that, make me realize.

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Um, after, when, after we, after I, we made it to the convention and we got there, um, being wi- one of, really, our first time away from home and first time participating in a convention of this, or a convention of any kind, and really, we, ah, I was a little skeptic and, and a little uneasy, but after getting there and seeing people or, any, they were people of all professions

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, OK, he's going to just change the camera rolls.