Interview with Debra Webb
QUESTION 7
MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Now, tell me that story about how they, how you had to go help the seniors go to the polls that day.

DEBRA WEBB:

OK, they got a call in through the central office stating that, ah, they wouldn't let seniors go down to vote and the seniors were afraid to come out of the apartments because there was brutality by the, I guess they were wine-heads or whatever, whoever set them up to do this. So, at this time, they, the call came through by me being as driver, as I stated, that we decided to go out. When we got there it was four, it was four of us as women, and when we got there, they said, "We didn't call for you. We called for some backup." And I said, "Well what do you think we are? Why are we out here?" They said, "You're not no backup!" So my supervisor said, "Well we are going on in anyway. I say, we're, I'm not scared and I got something in the trunk. So I know I'm not afraid of them." So by this time when we walked through the building there were a lot of men standing outside, um, far from the fence on the curb and then you had to walk, I guess, about 100 feet back towards the building. And there were a lot of them standing there. And they're saying, "We don't know how to do this but we'll just go in front and we'll just surround you all, as though they were going to cover us." I say, "Well, I tell you what? If something breaks down, we're a gang, we're going down to."

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

Stop, we ran out of film. We got to go back. That probably went down all over town.

DEBRA WEBB:

Yep.





MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK, pick up the story. You go into the building?

DEBRA WEBB:

Yeah, at this time, we're going into the building. It's like a walkway, a pathway, and by this time there were, they were all standing around. The group that we were met, they were waiting for us. So when we got into it, everybody formed in, you know, going in as twos.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK, let me stop you right there. I think people are going to get kind of confused with this answer. Start with, "We, we had to go to the building to get the seniors to take them to the poll, but when we got there--"

DEBRA WEBB:

We had to go to the Senior Building to take some senior citizens to the polls, due to the fact that something was going on that they couldn't get to the poll. Somebody's stopping them from getting to the poll or coming out the building from their floor. So when we arrived there, our group was there, the man that had called and said, "Why are you, we didn't call this group, we called for some backup." And we said, "We are backup. We can take whatever comes down." So they say, "Well, I'll tell you what, we're going to go in there but please, whatever happens, you know, they were afraid." But we said, we wasn't afraid. Because we was there for a reason. And our purpose was to get those seniors down to that poll. So, that's what we did. We went in and those seniors got a chance to vote that day.

MADISON DAVIS LACY:

OK, stop down. Good. that's just perfect. I think we're done.