Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 36
JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, talk again about what was at risk with the national and local eyes on you.

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Um, ah, leaving, ah, Mississippi and going to Gary, we knew that there was, ah, great risk in going because our, all local eyes was on us from our communities, from many at the local Mississippi Democratic Party, and then national eyes was on us, you know, to really see if we were going to succeed or fail. And, we, ah, we had no choice, you know, we had to succeed, ah, because if had failed, if, if we failed to accomplish what we set out to, we couldn't expect to go back and, and, ah, expect a local party, the Mississippi Democratic Party to open their doors to us. Um, to me, they would have felt that if we couldn't succeed there, then we didn't have anything to offer them back at home.