Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 41
JACKIE SHEARER:

Why did you think the national Black agenda was important in terms of a common agenda for, for Black people nationally?

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Well, um, we needed, ah, ah, to call this convention together to, to furnish national leadership and to form a structure for Black people nationally. But, ah, even more important than that, we needed a body or, or structure that would b- create a beginning for, a future for Black people, in the, you know, United States, nationally. And, ah, this is why it was important. Our, our future was at stake.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Do that one more time and just say, yes, just keep going. If you could start again and just end with "our future is at stake."

MARY HIGHTOWER:

We needed, in going to the convention, we needed the convention to come together to, ah, not only to form a structure for Black people, but we also needed the leadership, we needed the future leadership for Black people. As a matter of fact, coming together, we saw this as being our future, the future of the Black people.

JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, we can cut.