Interview with Marion Stamps
QUESTION 13
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Go ahead about the Washington campaign.

MARION STAMPS:

The one thing about Harold's campaign is that it, it took a lot out of, out of us, okay, because the campaign divided, it divided mothers and daughters, it divided fathers and sons, aunts and uncles because a lot of Black people, particularly middle class Black people okay, they made it because of the regular Democratic party and their alliances to the regular Democratic--to the machine okay. And they did not believe, they did not believe that we could elect a Black mayor in this town. And it's like, "You all are messing things up, you know. You're messing it up for me and mines, and, and for the next generation to come because we'll never have a Black mayor in the city of Chicago, and if I get involved in it, I'm going to lose my job." There was a lot of intimidation going on from the top to the bottom, from the bottom to the top. Ah, the Harold Washington campaign was not a easy campaign. I mean people not only were intimidated, people were actually attacked because of their support of Harold Washington, alright. So we learned a lot as a result of that whole campaign, you know. We, we, we understood that because of, of our desire to make it better for the masses, we were in fact creating some internal family problems and we had to address those problems at the same time trying to win an election. So you had to grow from that process, you had to take the time to sit down at the table and explain to that brother who's been working for Streets and Signs for 20 years, that has enabled him to send all six of his kids to school. "It ain't going to stop, it's just going to get better. Now it means that when your children come out of that institution, your child will have an equal chance to the job." You know, we had to convince a lot of Black people that it was in the best interest of Black people first and other people in general that we elect Harold Washington as mayor.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Stop. Did you hear any of that back there.