Gloria Hayes Richardson oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in New York, New York, 2011-07-19.
GR: Which I was - state senator, which I was not interested in in the first place. And, and a variety of things -
JM: Yeah, all these efforts to deflect you from your leadership role in Cambridge.
GR: Yes, and I think misjudged the Cambridge movement.
JM: Right, right. Let’s pause for just a sec.
[Recording stops and then resumes]
JB: And we’re rolling.
JM: We’re back on, and [clears throat], John, I think you wanted me to mention that we’re now, uh, recording without the cards.
JM: Okay. Uh, Ms. Dandridge [Richardson], let me - you had mentioned the pattern of efforts to sort of deflect you from your leadership role in Cambridge, because Cambridge had - it was so close to Washington, D.C., had become such a very, very active movement, a lot of national press coverage, so there were job offers, there was this -
GR: Oh, yeah. I forgot that. That’s true - from the Feds. [Laughs]
JM: Yeah, the federal government offered you jobs. The state government offered you jobs. They offered to back you as a state senate candidate. They brought you to Carnegie Hall and had Frank Sinatra and Lena [Horne] and other folks try to persuade you.
GR: No, not them.
JM: I’m sorry -
GR: But they had Martin [Luther King Jr.], yes.
GR: Martin and the guy from, uh, Johnson’s guy from, uh, Texas - Hobart, Hobart Taylor, I think.
JM: Ah, yeah.