Interview with Senator Roxanne Jones
QUESTION 11
PAUL STECKLER:

What about it did you think was good?

ROXANNE JONES:

I think what was good a lot of issues. If you remember, a lot of issues came to focus. We had people coming from as far as Mississippi and all over this country came and they were all saying the same things to me. They were saying, we want jobs, we want to be treated as human beings, we want the right to work, we want the right to get an education. And I think when you had that many people coming together, whether you have some little problems or not, like flies found in the greens, you know, when they was cooking out there. That was just not even worth mentioning. The, the thing that I liked most about was people came together. They were all saying the same thing, "We want our government, we want to petition our government, and we want this government to be a good government, a fair government, and we want a fair chance, and we want what's rightfully due us because of the constitution." And I think in spite of all the little problems, I think people need to look at that, that's what came out of that movement. Whether or not we got it all, but the point is people came together and they were real about coming together.

PAUL STECKLER:

Give me one lead sentence to get into that--when I first heard of the Poor People's Campaign.

ROXANNE JONES:

Well, well in Philadelphia when, when I first heard of the, the Poor People's Campaign, we immediately had a meeting and we wanted to be involved because we realized it was a good thing; realizing people were going to come together from all over this country--poor people, people of all walks of life was coming together. And I thought it was good.