Interview with Marion Stamps

Okay now tell me, uh, uh what did you do during the Washington campaign, what was, what was your role?


Um, I was very, very involved in Mayor Washington's campaign even before Mayor Washington decided that he wanted to become the mayor, okay. Ah, part of it came out of the whole voter's regist--registration drive that we launched, some of it came out of the just the grass root day to day kind of issues that we, we were confronted in terms of, of the existing administration. And then just some of it came out of my responsibility as, as leadership, you know, because see the one thing that I think all of us tend to forget and that is, "As a leader, okay, what is your responsibility to the masses? What are you supposed to, what do they expect for you to do?" And, and the one thing they expect for you to do is just make things better, give them a sense of direction in terms of how do you make things better. And we understand that politics can, if you got the right folks in place, make things better. So my whole role in Mayor Washington's campaign was to make sure that we get a Black man elected mayor. I wasn't as much, um, concerned about whether or not the Black man was Harold Washington or Lu Palmer or Jesse Jackson, you know, or some brother from the 'hood because we had the votes. So it didn't make any difference who it was, we had the, we had the plan. It just, it was just a matter of just getting a mayor, you know, um, you know, I'm glad that the man was Harold. I think that because it was Harold it was easier to sell, okay, he had the political experience. He had the, the name recognition, you know, and he had the charisma, alright, to generate and motivate where, where, where, where we left off from.