Interview with Mary L. Hightower
QUESTION 8
JACKIE SHEARER:

OK, so you're feeling real good, but then you got a disappointment, you told me about, when you got a, a visit, I'd like you to tell me about the visit, what was said to you, and what you said back.

MARY HIGHTOWER:

Yeah, this was our second day at the convention, and we were bro- breaking for, you know, had several breaks throughout the day, but we were visited by, a Mr. Everest, Charles Everest from Mississippi, we really thought he was coming to participate and be a part of the convention, but he had asked to speak to the Mississippi delegation, and after we, you know, we went into a little room and he, he addressed us, and that was when I was really disappointed, when I found out that he was coming there to, um, in an, even objecting to our being there, rather than supporting us, he said it, it looked as if we were coming there and fighting for, or fighting against what we were supposed to be fighting for in Mississippi. He felt that by us fighting fo- to end segregation in Mississippi and to try to get more participation in the Democratic Party in the state of Mississippi, that this looks as if we were trying to create another party, trying to isolate ourselves from the Democratic Party. But we, you know, we, in no way viewed it, our trip to Gary, in that manner. We really, to me, this was an opportunity for Black people to come together, to organize ourselves, you know, to, and to organize Black body of people acro- throughout the states, and to become a resource to each other. And, and we, in no way, looked upon it as being a way of iso- isolating ourselves or segregating ourselves from the party. And, we were quite disappointed in, in the approach that, that he took at that time and his observation of, of, of what we were there, of what we were all about.