Interview with Sonia Sanchez

What are your strongest images of the convention?


Ha, ha. Watching people. I'm an observer of people, you know. I don't, if I, if I were not a writer, you know. I think I would just enjoy watching people. My children always tell me that I'm a snoop, that I watch people all the time. And it's true. I do. I watch people. And I went into, ah, workshops and saw the workshops function, saw people function with people. People came to that convention ready to learn, ready to be moved, ready to hear about how we were going to cooperate and do things, ready to talk about the idea of, ah, Af-African liberation on a global, ah, scale. Ah, ready to see people make, ah, ah, alliances. Ah, that was the important kind of thing. I watched the faces of people as they gave talks and speeches. I watched the people respond. The, the crowds, the crowd, um, the crowds, people stood up almost at every line that people said, you know. When I got on the stage and walked on the stage, ah, everyone who walked on the stage, people were given standing ovations. You, you walked on the stage, um, I had my head wrapped in a gelee, um, ah, I had, um, I, a long African dress on. And you looked out and you saw all of that, ah, in there. And you saw people not dressed in that fashion. But people got up and, and, the women were especially happy because there weren't that many women involved there, ah that CAP meeting. So, you knew you were there for the women. And you said, well I, I am here. "How you doing, sisters?" First thing you said is, "How are you doing sisters?" And sisters cheered, stood up and cheered, because you were, you were about them. You were there because of them. You were not there because you were the exception. I never like took that, ah, that role. I was there representing the sisters and the brothers but also saying, "Sisters I'm here." Now, you here and we're going to look at this and talk about it and, and see what our interests are also too. Um, that was a, that was a, a really great time and a great movement also, too. Ah, because you saw people willing, at some point, to put aside differences and begin to come together also.