Interview with Bobby Seale
QUESTION 39
INTERVIEWER:

Can you just rephrase it?

BOBBY SEALE:

What was the question again?

INTERVIEWER:

Why weren't asked to speak at the convention?

BOBBY SEALE:

The reason that, ah, maybe I wasn't asked to speak in the convention floor, may have been, ah, had to do with our own prominence, maybe it had to do with a group of people who didn't necessarily, may have thought that we may have took some kind of leadership role in the National Black Political Conventions. Ah, we were heavily critical of, ah, of, ah, cultural nationalism, being a part of leading what we though should have been political revolutionary activity. Ah, that may have been a reason, you know, I couldn't. But, in one context I felt slighted, I thought it was underhanded on the part of whoever organized the convention. Which, in effect, you see that con--contributed to a lot of things that went down in the '60's and early '70's. On the one hand, here we have law enforcement agencies doing everything they can to keep us from getting together.

INTERVIEWER:

Okay, we just rolled out. I think we got it.