Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 33
JACKIE SHEARER:

So now, when you said that somebody from the NAACP, a leader, whom you respected, from Mississippi, said that you shouldn't do that. What did, what did he say? And, what did you feel about that?

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Well, ah, first of all, ah, the NAACP leader from Mississippi, he came to the convention and re- we thought he was coming there in support of us, but, um, he came opposing our being at the Gary convention, and, he stated this was separate, we were separating ourselves from the National Democratic Party, the Mississippi Freedom, the Mississippi Democratic Party, and, ah, that this was, that we were segregating ourselves, that was the word he used. But to me and to others there, this was not so. We felt, by the Gary convention, as a person would owning a home. Ah, the Mississippi Democratic Party being the, having their home, and, ah, we, as Blacks, wanted to have ours too, you know, and to be, coming to Gary was creating our own home and by us having ours and the Mississippi Democratic Party theirs, we would be able to add to and to offer resources and offer the kinds of leadership that just one party, there being, and one party, that I might add that we had been left out of, this was giving us an opportunity to contribute, and, ah, we didn't see it in the manner that our leader, NAACP leader see it.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, now let me ask you when, um

JACKIE SHEARER:

That was lovely.