Interview with Coretta Scott King
QUESTION 19
JACKIE SHEARER:

Do you have any thoughts about the role, from the voting rights act of `65 that your husband had struggled so hard for to this convention where 8,000 very diverse Black people came together to discuss the future of Black politics in America.

CORETTA SCOTT KING:

Ah, I think it was a very significant gathering in that, ah, it was, I guess, the first time, in recent history that, ah, we'd had people from so many persuasions coming together who were Black, who had a lot in common, and yet, had, ah, were very different in many ways in terms of their political, ah, their, ah, I would say their ideologies. And, ah, I think it was a tremendous effort and ah, we, ah, I think we sent a message to the nation, I think. Particularly to the, ah, political parties, ah, that, ah, you know, we were not going to be taken for granted. Ah, and that we were organizing and I think that was important. Ah, 1972 was an important year. Many people forget that Shirley Chisholm ran a gallant race as the first Black woman to run, Black, to run for president, and a Black woman. And, you know, I think Shirley was a real pioneer and, ah, it was at that race, that convention that galvanized a lot of Black America behind Shirley, ah, and each time that, ah, you know, that happens it's a learning experience, I think, ah, and it learned White people learn about Black people and learn to, ah, respect certain, that Black people, the fact that Black people are, can achieve, that they are intelligent and, ah, they can, ah, lead. Shirley did at that time. And I think we need to remember that, that she made a tremendous contribution, ah, as the, ah, first Black. And, then of course, most people who are younger remember only Jesse Jackson's race. Ah, which is very important and very significant. But, I just like to look at that whole span of history.