Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 38
JACKIE SHEARER:

Did you ever feel that, during that time, that it might not, that it might collapse on you?

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Well, um, an, at the door, before we realized that all the delega- the delegation had not, we did, because one--

JACKIE SHEARER:

I'm sorry, if you could just mention we didn't know that, yea--

MARY HIGHTOWER:

OK, we, we, ah, during the time that, you know, that part of, ah, the delegation walked out, well before we realized that it was only part of the delegation, we felt like, ah, ah, I did and I thi- and I later found out A lot of others felt that once Michigan delegation walked out, others were going to walk out. And, ah, we was ner- you know, it was, we were really afraid, you know, everybody was just, like, standing there dumbfounded for a while, you know, reall- realizing what's going to happen next**, and, ah, but, when a part of the Michigan delegation remained, ah, you know, everybody, you know, just cheered, it just brought out a great, you know, cheer, and I don't think they was just cheering for, ah, Michigan, that part that remained, but we were cheering that, you know, we, we haven't failed. You know, we didn't break up, and every- you know, that the gele- that the delegation is still here, you know, the, the convention is still here, and, ah, that was a, that was a great victory.