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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974. Interview A-0135. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Democratic Party must campaign cooperatively to retain political power

The 1972 Democratic political candidates failed to cooperate and campaign with each other. Michaux recommends that the Democratic Party needs to present a unified front like the black community does in order to maintain political power.

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Oral History Interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974. Interview A-0135. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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H. M. MICHAUX:
I think Nick Gallifanakiss got the shaft. And there's another thing that I see a problem with the Democrats in this state. They are not unity minded. There was a move afoot to get Morgan and Edmiston, for instance, to open up joint campaign headquarters throughout the state. That never came to pass.
JACK BASS:
They did campaign together-
H. M. MICHAUX:
In some instances they campaigned together, yes. And this is one thing about the black community. They believe in unity. We may separate on ideas, but once we want to look out for the black community then we get together. And I think more of this is going to have to happen in the Democratic party. There's going to have to be a unifying effort to bring all factions of the party together and somehow or other say "Now listen fellows, we respect your idea and we respect your idea and we respect your idea, but as a whole we have voted to do this. And I think this deserves the support of all of us." Rather than somebody getting mad and taking off on a tangent.
JACK BASS:
Morgan was able to achieve this unity to a large extent, wasn't he?
H. M. MICHAUX:
He was. Yet and still, as black politicians we tried to get them to unify more, solidify more the effort to bring all groups of the party together. That happened, yes. I would agree it happened to an extent. But I think it could be much more forceful. I think we need some leadership in the party that's going to promote that.