Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 32
JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, I'm going to ask you another question again, which is, and if you could mention that you were working with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and then talk about coming into the convention and just seeing all those Black folks. And if you could mention that you were, you know, under siege. You don't have to go into specifics about elections or anything, but just sensing, you know, you had been under siege by, um, by White people in Mississippi and then coming into this gathering, but mention MFDP, "Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party." OK, so what, again, coming in from Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, what was it like coming into that gathering?

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Well, um, having been working with the Freedom Democratic Party, um, through, in, in Mississippi, and really experiencing a lot of opposition, a lot of intimidation, whatever, from the White race there, leaving and coming to the convention, um, leaving that situation and going to the convention, um, we were, I really had a lot of high hopes of going to the convention and, ah, just, ah, and being able to find a way to, ah, eliminate what we had just left. And, ah, even though the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was furnishing leadership for us there, but to go to Gary to National Convention, Black Convention, to me, this was going to be the beginning of a new hope, a new leadership, a new direction for us to take back home.