Christie Adair

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Interview with: Christia Adair
Interviewed by:
Date: October 22, 1977
Archive Number: OH C14a

FS = Female Speaker

00:02 (band playing march)

YC: We will now have the invocation by Reverend ET Albuddy(??) 01:42 Mrs. Adair’s pastor, of Boynton United Methodist Church.

EO: Let us pray. Our Father who art in heaven, we on earth come humbly into thy presence. We acknowledge our utter dependence on thee. We would pause first to praise thee for thy mercies in the past, and our hearts are filled with gratitude for the privilege of being citizens of a great nation. We thank thee for the freedom of democracy, and we pray that these blessings and liberties shall be protected and increased throughout the coming years. Truly we pray for our mayor. Wilt thou give him divine direction and more than human wisdom for the many crucial decisions he must make. Grant him always the favor of thy presence and health. We’re grateful to thee for these our representatives who are concerned even for the least of these thy children. And may they with dedicated hearts seek to continue to serve the communities and precincts in which they represent. And share with each of them your spirit and compassion of love and concern for all humanity and grant them fulfillment in their efforts and desires. And now, our Father, we thank thee for this occasion which brings us together to dedicate this park in honor of Christia V. Adair, one who has proven worthy of such honor. We thank thee for Commissioner Tom Bass and for all those who have something to do with this act of dedication. May this occasion serve as one of the highest moments of her life. And as we seek to celebrate her 84th birthday anniversary and as we name this park in her honor, we trust that some of her Christ-like virtues will go with her name. And as we commemorate this occasion, we pray that this act will become crystallized in the records of the Harris County and that time and eternity will never erase. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

YC: We are going to bring to you our community choir, who has been directed by Mr. Burt Bent of South Park Baptist Church. These youth that you see coming before you have been gathered from churches in the surrounding area of the park. They have come together and formed a community choir. (applause)

(choir singing) 06:20 to 08:53 (applause) (choir singing) 09:32 to 11:33 (applause)

YC: Thank you, kids. That was beautiful. (applause) And now I’m going to bring you our own Commissioner Tom Bass of Precinct One. (applause)

TB: Thank you. How in the world does one do justice for an occasion like this? My part of the program is supposed to be simply the greetings from the county and city and turn over the rest of it to Yvette and other people. But I cannot let the occasion pass without a comment or two. I think everyone out there knows the type of individual Ms. Adair is, and there will be plenty about that later. Just one little remark about the influence she must have: Most of you probably heard the weather forecast yesterday for rain today. (laughter) All I did was make a little prayer, and I said, “Now, Lord, thy will be done, but remember, this is one of your beautiful creatures we’re honoring today.” And so, you see, we don’t have rain while the ceremony is going on. I won’t guarantee you’ll get home before you get wet.

Here is a resolution that was adopted by the Commissioners Court I’d like to read. Whereas on October the 22nd, 1977, the Christia V. Adair Park in Harris County Precinct One will be officially dedicated and opened, and whereas on this date Mrs. Christia V. Adair will celebrate her 84th birthday, and whereas Mrs. Adair has made tremendous contributions to the community through her civic, religious, and political involvement, and whereas Mrs. Adair is admired by her fellow citizens for having devoted more than 50 years to community service, and whereas Mrs. Adair has a love for nature and a desire to share with others the park being dedicated in her name that will be used by fellow citizens of all ages, now therefore be it resolved by Commissioners Court of Harris County, Texas, that Mrs. Christia V. Adair be recognized and commended for her exemplary services in the community and that Saturday, October the 22nd, 1977, be declared Christia V. Adair Day in Harris County. It is signed by all members of the Commissioners Court, and we don’t always get everything approved by all the members of Commissioners Court. (laughter) (applause)

14:38 A telegram from Fred Hofheinz. I think all of you know what high esteem Fred holds Ms. Adair in. He was very much disturbed he was not able to be here today, but here is a telegram from him: “I regret not being with you today to celebrate your 84th birthday and to celebrate the Christia V. Adair Park. This message is to wish you well and to extend my warmest congratulations and heartfelt appreciation for your many years of service to Houston and your fellow citizens. All of Houston and Harris County honors you. We will long remember the many good deeds you have performed on our behalf. God bless you. Fred Hofheinz, Mayor.” (applause)

In theory, this ends my part of the program, but I cannot let it go past without mentioning some people who have put in literally many, many hours getting this park ready. Most of you are not aware that we did not actually have the park fully in our possession until about the middle of summer. So what you see has been done out here in just about two months’ time. (applause) It is certainly not complete. We’ve got some other plans in mind. Those of you that are not aware, this is approximately 45 acres. It fronts Clear Creek. The creek does a little L shape. You go into the tree line, and that’s where the creek is back there. There is a little duck pond over the way we’re in the process of fixing. So we really have some plans for this park. As great as it is, we saw it, we fell in love with it. When we were looking for a park in this area, this was the place we decided we had to have, and of course it couldn’t be named after any better person than Ms. Adair. But Charlie Lawson—where’s Charlie, the old gray-haired man? Where is Charlie? Charlie’s hair wasn’t gray until he started on fixing this park. (laughter) (applause) And if you just hold your applause, there are people I want to mention by name so you’ll see who they are. Just raise your hand. The park’s foreman, Jack Temple, back here. Jack. And the Adair Park resident caretaker who has a little house over there and will be here all the time, Doug James. Where is Doug? Back here? Okay. And we have also other staff people: Eddie Eagin. Did Eddie make it back? Eddie is our night caretaker. Todd Maddox is here. He’s on the park staff here. And Sandra Williams. And then we have of course other park staff who have put in tremendous hours: Howard Simmons and Jim Cruz and Rod Bartley—all these people. And we couldn’t have put it together without the county building superintendent, Mr. McCain, and particularly a couple members of his staff, Buddy Wrobelski, Charles Dow, Henry Stanford. Henry is an electrician and got all the electricity in time. The building superintendent, Bob Richardson, and Sonny Evans, the plumber. And if you think we were running a tight schedule, at eight minutes to 10:00, the plumbing was officially open. (laughter) You can use them down there. (laughter) The county engineer, Dick Doss, and people on his staff, particularly Jim Wilson. All the paving that you see that is in here and the roads and so on is the Precinct One road crew, Pee Wee Harper, the superintendent. Pee Wee is back there somewhere. Haywood Lemon and Paul Marisio particularly and Walter Ketter. Later on, if you notice in your program, there will be recognitions and acknowledgement of people who are here. But there’s one person who is an unexpected visitor that I must take the prerogative of introducing because we have a long history of many fights together, and I think she’s probably a little more successful. She’s now a college president. Sissy Farenthold showed up for this. (applause)

18:46 Again Ms. Adair, thank you for being so beautiful so we can have such a beautiful park. (applause)

YC: Thank you, Tom. We’ll grateful for the county and this beautiful park. I would like to call one of my state representatives, Representative Ron Wilson. (applause) Ron has something that he would like to present this morning.

RW: First of all, let me thank everybody for coming out today, particularly Commissioner Bass, for Ms. Adair. Also, happy birthday. Any time you have a birthday party like this, feel free to invite me. I’m always willing to come. (laughter) I brought a few things from Austin with me. Since this is such a significant occasion, I had the House of Representatives prepare a certificate for you. It reads, “The State of Texas House of Representatives. Congratulations, Christia V. Adair. In acknowledgement of your outstanding dedication and service to the citizens of Houston in witness whereof and pursuant to the authority vested in me, I have hereunto set my hand and official seal of the office at Austin, Texas, this 20th day of October, AD 1977. Signed Ron Wilson, State Representative.” (applause)

I would like to have gotten away with doing that all on my own, except the Speaker of the House of Representatives found out and decided he wanted to send one too, so I have one here from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Bill Clayton. It reads, “Certificate of Citation extending our most sincere congratulations. We proudly present this certificate to Christia V. Adair. Bill Clayton, Speaker of the House of Representatives.” (applause)

And I almost got away. I was just about out, and then the governor found out and he stopped me. He couldn’t make it today but asked me to bring this certificate of accommodation. And it reads, “The State of Texas, to all whom these present shall come, greetings. Know ye that Christia V. Adair is hereby commissioned Yellow Rose of Texas (applause) (unintelligible) and testimony whereof I have signed my name and caused the Seal of State to be affixed at the city of Austin this 17th day of October, AD 1977. Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas, and Mark White, Secretary of State.” (applause)

YC: 21:48 Thank you, Ron. Now we will have music by Wheeler Avenue Chapel Choir directed by Mr. Clyde O. Jackson.

CJ: From the Chapel Choir of Wheeler Avenue, we have Clarice Gatlin, who will sing a hymn from the “Messiah.”

(woman singing song from Handel’s “Messiah”) 22:44 to 26:39 (applause)

YC: Very pretty. I’d like to pause here and bring someone up who has a very special gift to present to Mrs. Adair, because she may have to leave.

EH: Thank you. I am Eleanor Stone Huckabee. Mrs. Adair, on behalf of your entire family and particularly your brother, Mason Frazier of Los Angeles, California, and the rest of your family, the Stones of Houston, Texas, and Washington, DC, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and the Huckabees of Houston, we love you and wish you a very happy birthday. My daughter Joy Huckabee, your grand-niece, is with you now. (applause)

YC: We also got a mailgram from her brother in Los Angeles stating his regrets for not being with her at this time. And now we go into profiles. The first person to come to you will be Mrs. Letitia Plummer. She will profile her early days in Edna, Texas.

LP: It’s a distinct pleasure for me to have an opportunity to share this occasion with each of you on Mrs. Adair’s birthday as well as this memorable occasion of dedicating the Christia V. Adair Park. I’m not sure how much I know about the early years. I just happen to recall that when I was a little girl probably in my preschool years, my parents, in the absence of TV and radio and movies— And then we weren’t really from Edna; I wasn’t really in Edna, Texas. I was in Morales, Texas, which is 20 miles from Edna, so you know how much of a wilderness that really was. I was at that time in the setting of a very natural park myself. (laughter) Nevertheless, I recall my parents, for entertainment perhaps after the working day had ended, spent many hours talking about their old courtships and their love affairs and the incidents that were attached to these courtships and love affairs. Also I remember they talked about the people and incidents that had made impacts on their lives. And one of the persons I remember distinctly was Christia Daniels. Christia Daniels had been one of my mother’s favorite teachers. And never did I dream that I’d have an opportunity to meet this woman, who to me appeared to be a legend, an imaginary figure. I had the great fortune, though, in coming to Houston to live, and one of the persons that I met soon after I came to Houston was Christia Daniels Adair. I was equally as impressed as my mother had been. I really assumed that Christia Daniels Adair had some impact on my life itself. If I’ve accomplished anything, I believe I can indirectly attribute it to Christia Adair and persons like her because I’m sure she helped my mother to develop the goals and objectives that she would ultimately have for me—my mother and my father.

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LP: [beginning of OH C 14_02] 00:01 Nevertheless, when I found out that I was to appear on this program, I thought I better gather some more specific facts about Christia Adair. And I didn’t get too many because I was really trying to be subtle and not let her know what I was doing. But this is what I found about her. First of all, I remember her father, her brother, and the business that they had in Edna, and I remember her father as being a very distinguished citizen of Edna. But Mrs. Adair informed me that she taught school in Edna, and this is where she had had the impact on my mother’s life. She taught school for $35 a month. This is after having finished— Well, I don’t believe she finished the public schools of Edna. The principal at that time decided she was just too bright for such a small community school. (laughter) So you see, she hasn’t just developed all of this aggressive behavior and motivation recently. The principal recommended that her parents send her to Sam Huston, and I suppose this was Sam Huston Normal at that particular time, in Austin, Texas. She attended Sam Huston and then went on from there to Prairie View A&M, graduated from Prairie View, and that’s when she returned to Edna to teach for $35 a month. After teaching there, a new school opened in Bacon town. Now, I spell it B-A-C-O-N. I really don’t know. I’m going to have to do some research and really find out about Bacon town. I remember the community, but Bacon town is apparently just a few miles out of Edna, and she taught there. A new school opened in Vanderbilt, Texas, and they wanted her to open this school, so her father said to her, “If I were you, if I took the job, I’d certainly ask for an increase in salary.” (laughter) She went to Vanderbilt to teach in this particular school for the enormous sum of $45 a month. This was a $10 increase in salary. So as you see, Mrs. Adair has been a leader in her setting, in her community, since she was quite young.

02:25 I selected a poem that I think is appropriate, and I believe the poet must have had contact with persons like Mrs. Adair when he got the inspiration to write this poem. I’d like to share it with you. This, as I see, best indicates the profile of Christia V. Adair as she has appeared to me. The title, “The House by the Side of the Road.” “There are hermit souls that live withdrawn in the place of their self-content. There are souls like stars that dwell apart in a fellowless firmament. There are pioneer souls that blaze the path where highways never ran. But let me live by the side of the road and be a friend to man. Let me live in a house by the side of the road where the race of men go by, the men who are good and the men who are bad, as good and as bad as I. I would not sit in the scorner’s seat or hurl the cynic’s ban. Let me live in the house by the side of the road and be a friend to man. I see from my house by the side of the road, by the side of the highway of life, the men who press with the arder of hope, the men who are faint with the strife. But I turn not away from their smiles and tears, both parts of an infinite plan. Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man. I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead and mountains of wearisome height, that the road passes on through the long afternoon and stretches away to the night. And still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice and weep with the strangers that moan, nor live in my house by the side of the road like a man who dwells alone. Let me live in my house by the side of the road where the race of men go by. They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong, wise, foolish—so am I. Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat or hurl the cynic’s ban? Let me live in the house by the side of the road and be a friend to man.”

I think each of us will agree that Christia V. Adair has lived in the house by the side of the road and has been an excellent friend to man. (applause)

YC: Thank you, Mrs. Plummer. I am going to bring to you now Mrs. Adair’s sister, she calls her. She is her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mildred Daniels.

MD: I am not a speaker, and I’m going to cry. (laughter) This time last year I was in Christia’s home. The doctor wouldn’t let me out of the hospital until I promised him I would go to Christia’s house and stay for two weeks, so that’s where I ended because I had been in the hospital. I was Christia’s baby brother’s wife for 34 years. He passed in ’76, and that sent me to the hospital. So you’d never know how at this time last year where I was and where I am today, and it’s most wonderful. I feel so proud, and I do know my husband would have been proud because while he was in the hospital, he called Christia to one side of the bed and he called me to the other side of the bed. He took Christia’s hand and put it over his heart, and he took my hand and put it over Christia’s heart. That meant, “I want you to stick together.” Thank you. (applause)

YC: 07:03 And believe me, they are together. Now I’m going to bring you Mr. George Nelson, who will bring you up on Mrs. Adair’s profiles with the NAACP and some of the civil rights movements long ago. (applause)

GN: Thank you, Ms. Calloway. That was my church member just a while ago. This one too. Ms. Calloway, everybody here knows me. For those who don’t know me, I’m an old dandy. (laughter) Thank you. Today we’re here honoring Ms. Adair. (unintelligible) My thoughts and ideas were that in “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Star Spangled Banner”, and “America” and all that, I always thought that there was nothing in it for me other than “land where my fathers died.” (laughter) That’s the only thing that applied to us. But after coming out here to see this beautiful park and all these beautiful people honoring a beautiful woman, I’ve changed my mind. I now today, after looking over this beautiful park, have a different idea and thoughts. We salute the Harris County Commissioners Court for their selection of the most worthy person to name this beautiful park for. She deserves this and more. I know the many contributions she has made to help make this community livable for our people, such as she organized meetings and forums for equal teachers’ pay, equal pay, do away with the dual lines of progression at the Sheffield Steel Corporation. These are the things that she helped to do. Besides, there are scars on her heart, her mind, and her soul because of the insults, hardships, and intimidation by those who wanted to keep things as they were. She held mass meetings for Dr. R. O’Hara Lanier when they were trying to get rid of him, the Johnny Lee Morris murder case, the Texas Southern University police riot, the attempt to outlaw the NAACP by our governor Allan Shivers. By the way, she organized a boycott picket line for Allan Shivers and later on he tried to outlaw the NAACP. We went to Tyler, Texas, for the hearing, and the Rangers were dropping subpoenas in our laps to be sure you don’t get away, but I did. (laughter) We spent many sleepless nights and thousands of dollars for the right to vote, but we still don’t vote—everything but the vote. (applause) Dr. Lonnie Smith would be proud to see this park named for Ms. Adair if he was here today. We went to Austin, Texas, for clemency for a fellow who was sentenced to the electric chair. And to get to the governor’s office and parole board we had to ride a freight elevator with the garbage cans. There were six people. We had to meet with the Commissioners Court 22 years ago last week. Ms. Adair, EB Chambers, and myself are the only ones left; the others passed on. Twenty-two years ago that happened. She fought the segregation of buses. We couldn’t always ride in the front of the bus, as you may know. Now we have bus drivers thanks to Ms. Adair and Francis Williams and Hobart Taylor. We couldn’t use the restrooms at the courthouses, we couldn’t drink water out of the water fountains, and things of that sort. Ms. Adair agitated them and made them look so bad they thought they’d change their minds.

12:23 I just wanted to tell you about these things because we’ve come a long way in the last 30 years in Houston, Texas. They called it Heavenly Houston; we called it something else. (laughter) She organized and set up the organization we call United Citizens for Democracy, commonly known as UCD. That was the outgrowth of the Harris County Council of Organizations because the Communist party seemed to have infiltrated the UCD. She believed in the right to be free, free not only from oppression, coercion, dictatorship, and regimentation but free for that way of life where people can speak as they choose and worship God as they see fit. She believed in the right to learn and the right to speak and the right to be different. She believed in democracy, not only for herself but for all people. She had a creed not to just live and let live but to live and help live. She lived with a faith in others, not fear in others.

I want to let you know there’s a young lady here in the audience, Beneva Williams, who was part of the school suit—Delores Ross and Beneva Williams, whose parents filed a suit against the Houston Independent School District. Beneva, will you please stand a moment? (applause) That was a successful suit, but it’s taken a long time to come around.

Ms. Calloway, thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. (applause)

YC: Thank you, Mr. Nelson. I’m going to bring you somebody now who was also involved with Ms. Adair during the fight for civil rights, and I understand that he was helpful toward the success of the Smith v. Allwright case with Lonnie E. Smith, Attorney J. Edwin Smith. (applause)

JS: They told me I had two minutes. I may step over. If I do, forgive me. There’s so much to say about what’s happening here today. My wife and I came here in 1942 in February. That’s better than 35 years ago. Shortly after our arrival here, we became acquainted with this delightful lady. In all those years since, we have all worked together to improve the rights of humankind, to help develop and build and establish firmly in this community the human rights about which President Carter speaks as to the nations of the world.

15:58 There are some things that have not yet been mentioned about Ms. Adair. I seem to recall also about the Tyler incident, Reverend, when I believe I think she was temporarily jailed or at least held in the sheriff’s office when they were endeavoring to make this little lady deliver up the membership rolls of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Can you think now and imagine this frail person in body but strong in character, indelible in soul, who defied the government of this state, the burly policemen, and came out victorious? (applause)

The other thing I want to say is that I have worked in litigation—that’s what they mentioned to me to talk about—in relation to the Lonnie Smith case, that’s Smith v. Allwright but also in relation to the case in a neighboring county that controlled neighboring counties called Terry v. Adams, known better as the Jaybird case, in which Mrs. Adair’s cooperation and assistance flowed over from this community over into the neighboring counties, seeing that her people wherever they were, wherever she could contribute, would have her help, her counsel, and her prayers, and her judgment.

In honoring her here today, I want to say this: that there are many who have passed on, there are many who joined with her and she with them in removing some of our citizens in the County Conventions from the roots where the precincts couldn’t even confer together. Those of you who go to conventions now I doubt can imagine the times we had to mount the bulwarks to get us all together so we could function.

There are so many other things, I could go on for 30 minutes or even a half a day to tell about her. There are others, like Hobart Taylor, Lonnie E. Smith, Sid Henry, Mr. Terry Adams from Fort Bend County who has passed on, William Elston, Mr. Peete, Mrs. Arizona Fleming, all of whom I am confident are this morning looking down on this lady and saying, “We too honor thee, our dear and faithful sister. On this day we say that you, my sister, are more precious than rubies.” I’m going to give up my time now because my wife later on wants to say some comments from one lady to another. Thank you. (applause)

YC: Thank you, Attorney Smith. I bring you now Chris Dixie, the Chairman of the Harris County Democrats, who will profile Mrs. Adair with the Harris County Democrats. (applause)

CD: 20:15 My friends, this county commissioner of ours out here, Tom Bass, has done many great things in his public service. But this thing today, the naming and dedication of this park, is the most beautiful of all. (applause)

I am going to tell you about the phase of Christia Adair’s life that some of you may not know. I’m going to talk to you about her long effort to convince white people to do right in addition to just thinking right (laughter) (applause) and the conversion of the timid white into a full-fledged American citizen. Now that’s the part of her life that we know in the Harris County Democrats.

After Ed Smith and his fellow attorneys—the one who just spoke—won the case of Smith v. Allwright, this Negro won for the first time the right to vote in the Democratic Party. You know our beloved Democratic Party never did open its doors voluntarily to the black person. It had to be broken open by the Supreme Court. We haven’t forgotten that. And so beginning in 1946, we began to deal now with what this black man is going to do with his new vote. The first thing we did, we all went to the County Convention. Hobart Taylor was there, Christia was there, and Sid Henry was there. We walked into the Democratic County Convention with the judgment of the Supreme Court in our hand that said that the black people had a right to be there. And what did we find? They were given their right to be there, and they were all seated in the back. (laughter) Always in the back. (laughter) (applause) And so the next time the Liberal Coalition of Blacks and Whites in which the Harris County Democrats were instrumental got control of the convention, Ed Smith was in the chair, and we just banged through a resolution that said from now, each precinct is going to be seated by number, and we fixed it all, salt and pepper, and that’s the way it’s been ‘til today. (applause) Each little step, don’t you see, had to be taken.

Now, the first chairman of the Harris County Democrats was J. Edwin Smith. The second one is Congressman Bob Eckhardt, who is not here today because he’s doing our work in Washington. The third one is Dick Manny(??) 23:52, who is here today because we all love Christia. And I was the fourth one. All of us worked with Christia. All of us went through this transformation. George Nelson told you about progress during the last 30 years. Let me remind some of you young people in here that Barbara Jordan was not allowed to walk into a restaurant to buy a hamburger until she was 28 years old. And Christia Adair was not allowed to go in a restaurant to buy a hamburger until she was 71. Just think of that. Seventy-one years on the outside and still fighting for the rights of her people. (applause)

24:57 We organized the Harris County Democrats in the early 1950s, and Christia was there, and she began to take the floor at meeting after meeting. She told those white people that, “You have got to understand the aspirations, needs, hopes, and dreams of the black people of this community. Until you do that openly, you will never amalgamate with the whole community.” And we knew she was telling the truth, but God forgive us, we were timid in those days. We knew that we were doing more than any other white people, but we were timid. I see Hattie Mae White sitting here in the audience. The night she was elected to the school board the first time, she came by the Harris County Democrats at 11:00 at night after she had won to express her appreciation for our support. But do you know how we supported her? Under the cover without formal endorsement. But Christia Adair was hammering away at us all the time. And the lesson she gave us was, “Go ahead and do it. You are going to lose a few friends, and you are going to lose a few allies, but you are going to gain threefold what you lose.” And so finally, under her pressures to us, we went ahead and moved. In 1960 we supported the civil rights program of John F. Kennedy. In 1962 we got up our courage to support Barbara Jordan, the first endorsement of a black person by a mixed organization in the history of this county. (applause) In 1963 we memorialized the Congress to pass the Civil Rights Law. In 1964 we advertised about Lyndon Johnson with these words: “Who would have thought five years ago that the Civil Rights Law would finally be pushed through by a white man from Texas?” (applause)

And so from that day to this, the greatest pride of the organization that I represent before you today is that Christia Adair converted us to take a position on civil rights. When we went on down the road, we endorsed Curtis Graves for mayor because he was better than everybody running against him. (applause) And we would have endorsed Andrew Jefferson this time. (applause) And all of these things we owe to this lovely person, who not only fought the Ku Kluxers and the ugly people but who presciently persuaded and cajoled and worked on this decent thinking white man to persuade him to step right up in the sunshine and be a man and be an American. (applause) And so our debt is great to her. She left that stamp upon us. And one of the nice things we did— I told you about the bad things we did, so I’m going to tell you now about the good things we did. One of the nice things we did, we picked up a scrawny looking little professor from St. Thomas University named Tom Bass (laughter) and we endorsed him for legislature. And when they brought him in to the headquarters, I looked at him and I said, “Are we going to elect this?” (laughter) Well, we went on and we did elect him. As he himself will acknowledge, we were his only supporters in the beginning. And now he is one of the strongest political figures who does honor to our organization on the present occasion. Thank you very much. (applause)

YC: Thank you, Chris. And let me say that Ms. Adair is still fighting. I’m going to bring you now a man who is very dear to Mrs. Adair, and I think she is to him. Mr. EM Mosiere(??) 30:45 formerly of Precinct 25.

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