Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 6
JACKIE SHEARER:

I'd like you to describe like you did in the restaurant just now, what you saw, what you heard, and what you felt when you drove into Gary that first day, and then when you got inside the convention hall.

MARY HIGHTOWER:

OK, well, um, when we fi- well, when we arrived in Chicago that night, ah, the very next morning we were all ready to go to Gary, we were being bused over, and, you know, going over by bus, it was, I guess it was a lot more exciting than we really expected because upon approaching Gary, and, when we, came up in the bus, we began to see all these banners and the signs, you know, letting people know that this was a Black convention, and it was a really exciting moment, it was just a great experience. It looked like a big fair, with, with so many people and so many cars, and different, we noticed tags from different states, of course there were other bus- charter buses there, and, ah, it was, it was just, a moment there that you could remember for, that I will remember for the rest of my life. And, after getting out and then really going in and having to register, at that point it really came to you that it, it became real. That was the real moment that we was really here and it was a really, truly convention. And we, and, you know, going through the, the hassle and, and, and standing in line and getting registered, and realizing that you could not go in unless you were a delegate and you, and you have to register, and getting through that point. And then after, going in and being seated and really being identified as a delegate from your state, that was, truly a, a moment to, to remember.